The cancellations and delays were caused by a water pipe break flooded the arrivals hall at Terminal 4 just before 2 p.m. local time Sunday.
Making matters worse, the FDNY and Port Authority of NY and New Jersey responded to reports of a water main break in Terminal 4 just after 1:30 p.m. Sunda (Jan. 7).
Water poured from the ceiling onto a check-in counter and covered large areas of the floor of Terminal 4, video on CNN showed.
The Kennedy Airport ordeal, which occurred mostly at its worldwide terminals, leaves many unanswered questions: How did all of those flights converge without a plan or gate space?
"What happened over the weekend was a completely unacceptable performance", said Rick Cotton, executive director of Kennedy Airport's owner, the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey.
The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey announced Monday that it will investigate a water pipeline break that added to weather-related delays at Kennedy International Airport and will "hold all responsible parties accountable".
Adding to the chaos, a China Southern Airlines and Kuwait Airways jet clipped each other's wings at JFK's Terminal 4 late Friday, causing damage to both aircraft but no injuries, officials said.
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He said the Port Authority would "hold those responsible accountable for any shortcomings we find".
Before it delayed its reopening, dozens of flights - many of them worldwide - were already flying to the airport, assuming it would be open by Thursday afternoon.
The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey announced it will launch an investigation into the the incident.
Passengers reported spending hours sitting on the tarmac before deplaning, then spending hours and sometimes days inside the terminal waiting for flights. The incident also forced the suspension of global arrivals at the terminal. They hauled their suitcases back to Kennedy Monday morning, hoping they could manage to get to Venice by Wednesday, even if it might mean buying pricey new tickets. "But what happened at JFK was way beyond cutting a little slack, it seemed nearly everything broke down, it seemed like a disaster". Already landed aircraft experienced extensive delays in reaching gates, particularly worldwide flights at terminals 1 and 4.
"Whether it's the runways not being plowed, whether it's the baggage machines that transport the baggage freezing, whether it's not notifying people what's going on", Schumer said.
Unfortunately, Norman posted another photo of the gate's flight status board showing the flight's new departure time - 12:30 a.m. Saturday.