LaGuardia Flights Run Late After Power Failure in Terminal C

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New York’s LaGuardia Airport is struggling with flight delays stretching to almost three hours after a power failure snarled operations at a terminal used by Delta Air Lines Inc.

The airport ranked as the most-disrupted in the U.S. on Friday, with 72 canceled departures -- 12 percent of the daily total -- as of 9 a.m. local time, industry data tracker reported. Some inbound flights were running an average of 2 hours, 52 minutes late, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on its website.

Contractors working at Terminal C accidentally cut electric cables at about 4:30 a.m., affecting passenger loading bridges as well as two parking lots, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said in an e-mailed statement. As of 8:30 a.m., power was being restored, the agency said.

“We hope to resolve this matter as quickly as possible,” Delta spokeswoman Elizabeth Wolf said in an e-mail.

Delta is the biggest airline at LaGuardia by passengers, with a 22 percent share in the 12 months ended in April, according to the U.S. Transportation Department.

The Atlanta-based airline had the most cancellations in the U.S. industry on Friday, with 57, or 1 percent of the airline’s schedule, along with 43 delays, according to FlightAware. The data didn’t show the departure or destination airports.

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