Coronavirus hit employees at New York Airport thereby causing the cancellation of all flights
Flights to major New York airports were canceled on Saturday due to the fact that one of the employees was positive for coronavirus.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that all Saturday flights were delayed due to staff problems. It is reported that all premises were disinfected to exclude the possibility of infection of other workers.
“An air traffic controller-trainee based at a control center on Long Island tested positive for the virus, COVID-19, the FAA said. The trainee hadn’t been in the facility since March 17 but the agency is working with local health authorities to sanitize and clean affected areas,” reports CNBC.
The FAA has lifted a brief suspension of flights to New York City-area airports because of coronavirus-related staffing issues. The ground stop is now over. https://t.co/OMUlILNzWH— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) March 21, 2020
Later, an official statement was made about the resumption of the airport, but many travelers handed over tickets and chose another transport.
#FAA statement below on the status of #AirTrafficControl services in #NY. Ground stops have been lifted. #Travelers can check the status of major U.S. #airports and see how our air traffic control system is performing at https://t.co/Esh5rU9hcp. pic.twitter.com/aNasQTxJh5— The FAA (@FAANews) March 21, 2020
Against the backdrop of a growing pandemic throughout the United States and the widespread prohibitions on leaving homes, airlines were faced with the inability to maintain a huge staff.
In addition to the fact that cases of coronavirus were detected among employees of the New York airport, Chicago’s Midway International Airport and McCarren International Airport, now all air traffic throughout the country and beyond are paralyzed.
All airlines requested financial support from the federal government, but as of today, there is no agreement on this deal, since the White House can allocate huge funds at a large percentage, and companies ask for interest-free grants.
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