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Mass turtle crossing delays flights at New York's JFK Airport

A large group of diamondback terrapins stopped takeoffs at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) yesterday morning.  The turtles' annual summer migration route runs from Jamaica Bay (which borders Kennedy International to the south) to a nearby beach, where they lay their eggs.  They attempted to cross runway 4L/22R en route to the beach.

A post to http://nycaviation.com explains that Kennedy International is "almost entirely surrounded by bays, creeks, swamps, and undeveloped land."  150 turtles made up the slow-moving caravan, according to a video from the Associated Press (below).  Any air traffic backlog created by the terrapins' migration route worked itself out by the end of the day.

original stories

JFK Airport Runway Closed Due to Turtles (NYC Aviation)

Flight delays as JFK airport runway taken over by turtles! (New York Daily News)

Turtles halt flights at JFK airport (The Daily Telegraph)

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Emirates reactivates Dubai-New York A380 route

After not flying it for more than a year, Dubai-based Emirates has reactivated its Dubai-New York route, operated by the Airbus A380.  A depressed American economy caused the largest carrier based in the Middle East to suspend the route last year.  The tone of a press release posted to Emirates' official website yesterday suggests that the reactivated route will be marketed primarily with business travelers in mind. 

Last week, Emirates launched twice daily service in each direction between Dubai International Airport (IATA: DXB; ICAO: OMDB) and Los Angeles International Airport (IATA: LAX; ICAO: KLAX).  It also launched twice-daily service in each direction between Dubai International and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas (IATA: IAH; ICAO: KIAH), a facility opened in 1969 and renamed for the 41st American President in 1997.  In New York, Emirates will again occupy its traditional place in Terminal 4 at Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) the New York metro area's largest airport by number of passengers served.

Safety-related questions about the A380 arose just last week when an aircraft of this model, operated by Australia's Qantas Airways, lost an engine over Indonesia while flying from Changi International Airport in Singapore (IATA: SIN; ICAO: WSSS) to Kingsford Smith Airport in Sydney (IATA: SYD; ICAO: YSSY).  Qantas has grounded its fleet of six Airbus A380 aircraft, and research into the cause of the engine failure is ongoing.  As of this post, Emirates has indicated no plans to stop operating its fleet of 14 A380s in light of the announcement from Qantas.

Emirates is the official airline of the emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates.  Emirates was founded in 1985, and operates four of the longest non-stop routes being commercially flown today, between Dubai and the cities of Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in the United States; and between Dubai, and São Paulo in Brazil.  It operates 145 aircraft (both Airbus models and Boeing models) to 103 destinations on all six permanently inhabited continents.  The carrier became the first to fly the Airbus A380 to an American airport when it flew from Dubai International to Kennedy International in 2008.  In addition to its current fleet of 14 Airbus A380s, the airline has an additional 76 on order from Airbus.  Its largest hub is Dubai International, and its main offices are in Dubai.  Emirates is wholly owned by the Dubai-based Emirates Group, which itself is wholly owned by the Government of Dubai.

related stories

Qantas continues A380 engine inspection after mid-air failure (November 8, 2010)

Emirates CEO Clark stands by plans for more than 90 A380s (September 13, 2010)

Emirates wants even more (than 90) Airbus A380s (June 22, 2010)

Emirates orders 32 more Airbus A380 super jumbo aircraft (June 16, 2010)

original stories

Emirates offers a sky full of choices with jumbo-sized capacity boost to the USA (Emirates)

Emirates Restarts NYC Double-Decker Plane Flights (ABC News)


Delta Air Lines plans sit-down restaurants at LaGuardia

Tomorrow, Delta Air Lines will open the first four of an eventual thirteen planned sit-down restaurants at its terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York (IATA: LGA; ICAO: KLGA).  More "extensive security checks and flight delays" are cited by an expert on airline rules, as two reasons why airlines are making these changes.  LaGuardia will join a growing list of other airports around the country that boast recently upgraded airline terminal amenities.

"There's a wine bar at Philadelphia International Airport, a seafood restaurant at San Francisco International Airport, [and] an Asian bistro in Tucson International Airport," ABC News Online reported in its article on the subject.

Delta hired OTG Management to enact the changes, the same company that redesigned the JetBlue Airways terminal at Kennedy International (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) two years ago.  The remaining nine restaurants at LaGuardia Airport's Delta terminal will be open by next summer.

Tradition says inspiration for LaGuardia Airport came from a tirade launched by former New York mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, after landing in Newark, New Jersey, when his ticket said "New York."  LaGuardia demanded to be taken to Floyd Bennett Field, near where Kennedy International is now located, and discussed the need for a new airport in New York along the way.  LaGuardia Airport was constructed in the New York borough of Queens from 1937 to 1939.  As of 2009, Delta Air Lines had a plurality of the market share at the facility.

Delta Air Lines was founded as Huff Daland Dusters (a crop dusting company) in Louisiana in 1924.  It changed its name to Delta Air Service, and commenced operations as a passenger airline five years later.  Delta relocated its main offices to Atlanta, Georgia in 1941.  It completed a merger with Northwest Airlines in 2008.  Consolidation was accomplished earlier this year.  Delta's largest hub is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (IATA: ATL; ICAO: KATL) in Atlanta.  It is the world's largest airline by fleet size, number of destinations, and passenger revenue.

original story (ABC News Online)


JFK terminal evacuated after bomb scare, reopened

Terminal 1 at New York's Kennedy International Airport (IATA: JFK; ICAO: KJFK) was evacuated earlier today because a bomb threat was called in to the facility at about 5:45 p.m. EDT.  After investigation of the threat, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman confirmed that there was never a bomb on the premises.  Terminal 1 has since reopened.

original story (Chicago Tribune)