Canada wildfire smoke once again slows flights in the Eastern U.S.

Canada wildfire smoke again slows flights in the Eastern U.S.

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People take images of the sun in Central Park as smoke from wildfires in Canada triggers hazy conditions in New York City, June 7, 2023.

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Smoke from Canada wildfires might interfere with flights in the Eastern U.S. once again Thursday after hundreds were postponed a day previously due to reduced exposure, the Federal Aviation Administration stated.

“The FAA will likely require to take actions to handle the circulation of traffic securely into New York City, [Washington] DC,Philadelphia and Charlotte [North Carolina] due to lowered exposure from wildfire smoke,” the firm stated.

The FAA quickly stopped incoming traffic to Philadelphia International Airport earlier Thursday.

Hundreds of flights to and from LaGuardia Airport in New York and close-by Newark Liberty International Airport were postponed Wednesday due to the heavy smoke. The FAA had briefly stopped briefly traffic entirely into LaGuardia throughout the day.

By late early morning Thursday, more than 1,300 flights to, from and within the the U.S. were postponed, according to flight tracker FlightAware.

Nearly 68 departures from LaGuardia, or 12% of the schedule, were postponed Thursday since 11: 30 a.m., according to FlightAware. Fifty- 6 Newark departures, or 8% of the outgoing schedule, and a comparable variety of arrivals to the New Jersey airport were postponed.

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