Over 3,600 flights were cancelled yesterday due to the “Bomb Cyclone” that hit the Eastern seaboard. One flight that did make it, a Singapore Airlines A380, was forced to divert to a small airfield.
Singapore Airlines Flight 26, carrying 325 passengers, left Frankfurt before the brunt of the storm pummeled New York City. As the aircraft approached New York JFK, pilots were alerted that airport runways were closed due to whiteout conditions. The flight was instructed to divert to a small airport north of the city.
— Stewart Airport (@SWFairport) January 4, 2018
Stewart Airport (SWF) is 60 miles north of New York City outside the town of Newburgh. Built as a military airfield, the airport still serves the U.S. Army but now accommodates commercial airliners as well.
Currently, the following airlines serve Stewart:
- American Eagle
- Delta Connection
- Norwegian Air
But the airport handled only 137,000 passengers last year. By comparison, JFK handed 59,000,000.
The aircraft landed safely. Authorities were present to process immigration and passengers were bussed to New York City. The airport has no jet bridges that can handle the double-decker A380, forcing passengers to alight onto the slick tarmac in icy conditions. But they made it home.
I love the juxtaposition of the world’s largest aircraft pulling up into an airport that sees mostly commuter jets. And don’t forget the aircraft has to get back to New York JFK. Too bad I cannot hop on the SWF-JFK flight. That would be fun…