Posted on November 30th, 2018
That’s because all the planes that didn’t take off late Sunday night — the FAA didn’t allow departures before 11 p.m. — would want to get into the air. To prepare, officials carefully planned when flights would take off and land for most of the week, taking the unusual step of requiring reservations. “We knew that there was going to be bad weather and let our clients know. None of our aircraft stayed overnight” said Gus Lira of JetOptions. “We were lucky that all of our chartered jets departed late last night.”
But with snow falling heavily on the New York area, flights headed to Teterboro were being held at their origin airports this morning. The FAA now reports that arrival and departure delays are down to 15 minutes or less, but the airport is subject to “rolling closures” — periodic pauses to clear the runway of snow.
It doesn’t help that the smaller private jets that use Teterboro have a lower threshold for the amount of snow they can drive in, because they have smaller wheels than the airlines that fly into JFK and LaGuardia. Properly clearing a 7,000 foot runway can take up to 15 minutes.