Smoke in NYC Affects Dallas Travelers

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an early-afternoon ground stop for airports in New York because of heavy smoke in the Northeast from Canadian wildfires.

The delay Wednesday impacted airline arrivals and departures, the FAA said.

Traffic from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) to New York airports was being delayed as of 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Flights to Newark International Airport (EWR) were experiencing delays averaging one hour, 22 minutes, the FAA reported. The delay was 59 minutes to LaGuardia (LGA).

A 2:05 p.m. American Airlines flight from DFW to Newark was listed as delayed, as was a 2:47 p.m. American Airlines flight to JFK and 3:02 p.m. flight to LaGuardia.

Two United Airlines flights from DFW to Newark at 2:27 p.m. and 3:53 p.m. were listed as delayed.

A 5:35 p.m. Southwest flight to Newark has been delayed, the airline said.

FlightAware says airlines have canceled 124 flights and delayed another 1,928 as of 1:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The air quality index in New York on Wednesday reached the “hazardous” level of 324, according to AirNow.gov, the worst air quality measurement since the Environmental Protection Agency first measured air quality in 1999.

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