JetBlue Caught In Polar Vortex, Airline Shuts NYC and Boston Operations Until Tuesday Morning

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on January 06 2014 2:35 PM

JetBlue Airlines (NYSE:JBLU) said on Monday afternoon that it is shutting down operations at three New York City area airports, Kennedy Airport, LaGuardia Airport and Newark Airport, as well as its Boston Logan Airport operations, due to an arctic cold snap gripping the midwest and northeast. 

"More than 3,000 flights across the industry have been cancelled today, and roughly 300 of those will be JetBlue’s. Beginning at 1 p.m. ET today, we’ll reduce operations at JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and Boston through 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. At that time, we’ll gradually ramp up again -- we intend to be 100% operational by 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday. This plan allows for 17 hours of rest for crews, and time for Tech Ops to service the aircraft," the airline said on Monday in a press release announcing the shutdown.

Here are scenes from Boston's Logan Airport and New York's LaGuardia Airport over the last few days of winter chaos.

An American Airlines crew member sprays de-icing solution on a plane during a winter nor'easter snow storm in Boston, January 2, 2014. REUTERS-Dominick Reuter

An American Airlines crew member sprays de-icing solution on a plane during a winter nor'easter snow storm in Boston, January 2, 2014. 
REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Heavy machinery clears the snow at LaGuardia Airport during a winter storm in New York January 3, 2014. REUTERS-Zoran Milich

Heavy machinery clears the snow at LaGuardia Airport during a winter storm in New York January 3, 2014. 
REUTERS/Zoran Milich

People wait for their delayed flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York, January 3, 2014. REUTERS-Zoran Milich

People wait for their delayed flights at LaGuardia Airport in New York, January 3, 2014. 
REUTERS/Zoran Milich

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