Turtles cause flight delays at JFK

Flights at New York’s JFK Airport faced delays yesterday to allow turtles to cross a runway.

Services were halted for around 15 minutes as 150 diamondback terrapin turtles were spotted crossing a runway. They were trying to get to the other side of the runway to lay eggs on the sandy shores of a wildlife refuge, which borders the airport.

Airport staff helped the turtles on their way between take-offs and landings. Naturalists said the 185-acre Jamaica Bay refuge may be the diamondback's most popular breeding ground in North America.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico said pilots from Jet Blue and other airlines halted flights to let the expectant reptiles pass.

“Flight delays attributed to turtles were minor, about 15 minutes or so," he reportedly said. “It happens every year at about this time. It's the great migration, and this is the peak of the season.

"At one point, we decided to heed Mother Nature and use other runways. This is not impacting flights," Marsico said.

Middle East: A nose for adventure

A nose for adventure

Tamara Hinson reports from a Faremine fam trip to Dubai
Read More »

Indian Ocean: Oceans of Savings

Oceans of Savings

There are bargains to bag in the Indian Ocean, finds Jo
Read More »

Abu Dhabi: Save, spend, splurge

Save, spend, splurge

David Whitley checks in to check out the emirate’s hotels
Read More »

Indian Ocean: Mamma Maldives

Mamma Maldives

Famous for honeymoons, but also fantastic for families
Read More »

Bulgaria: Sunny side up

Sunny side up

Get the lowdown on Bulgaria’s most popular resort from Katie
Read More »