The floor stoppage went into instant impact Saturday 2pm EDT at all NYC airports, together with JFK, LGA and EWR after a optimistic check for COVIDー19 at Air Traffic Control.
All departure flights in New York-area airports have been grounded and incoming flights are to be rerouted the place potential.
The directive additionally impacts Philadelphia International Airport.
“Due to a staffing trigger, New York Center has gone ATC Zero,” an e-mail from NBAA Air Traffic Services learn.
“All New York majors are nationwide ground stopped and departure releases will be suspended until the FAA can figure out what departure gates are available.”
Many plane have been diverted out of the world or despatched again to their origin vacation spot.
A press release from the FAA learn: “A Federal Aviation Administration air visitors controller trainee at New York Air Route Traffic Control Center in Ronkonkoma NY examined optimistic for Covid-19 as we speak.
“The trainee has not been at the power since March 17.”
The assertion continued: “The FAA has initiated visitors administration initiatives for sectors closed through the sanitation course of.
“Flights shall be rerouted as a part of a longstanding contingency plan to make sure continued operations.
“The FAA is working with local health officials and employee representatives to determine how many personnel might have interacted with the trainee in recent days,” the FAA mentioned.
By 3pm EDT, the FAA issued a second assertion saying the restrictions had been largely lifted, other than some flights destined for JFK.