Smoke from wildfires in Canada delayed flights at New York-area airports on Wednesday as haze blanketed the region and cut visibility.
The Federal Aviation Administration “slowed traffic to and from the New York City area airports due to reduced visibility from wildfire smoke,” it said in a statement.
The agency earlier halted flights bound for New York’s LaGuardia Airport. Flights to Newark Liberty International Airport were slowed.
“The agency will adjust the volume of traffic to account for the rapidly changing conditions,” the FAA said.
This is live capture of the are near New York JFK Airport.
Flights to LaGuardia were delayed an average of about 120 minutes, and flights to Newark were delayed an average of 82 minutes, according to the FAA.
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Smoke drifting South from wildfires in Canada covered the New York City area on Tuesday into Wednesday, tainting air quality and sending residents indoors.