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Tour Operators Plan Around New York Airport Strike

Tour Operator | David Cogswell | July 22, 2015

Tour Operators Plan Around New York Airport Strike

PHOTO: As New York is one of the largest entry points into the U.S., the effect of any strike at New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, could have effects that spread far and wide. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Tour operators have made plans for any problems that may arise from an airport workers strike set to take place at the New York airports JFK and LaGuardia Wednesday night. The strike could cause problems for the next couple of days.

Mayflower Tours found its way into the middle of the tangle with some passengers en route to Iceland.

"We have a group of people traveling to Iceland and they were connecting through JFK," said Nish Patel, chief operating officer of Mayflower Tours. "Delta has cancelled their flights to JFK and is now protecting them on alternate flights. It seems like they will be successful in re-routing them but until every traveler is on board – it is hard to tell."

Elyse Elkin, founder of Exclusive Group Travel, told TravelPulse, “The airlines have assured (us) they have contingency plans put in place. We are carefully monitoring the situation, and advising any passengers flying into the affected terminals that they may experience delays due to the strike.

“We are advising passengers via our DMCs in the destinations as the strike will affect passengers coming home tonight. As for passengers flying out of the New York/New Jersey airports, we are suggesting they allow extra time for their check-in. We are sending a mass email out to all the agents in the New York/New Jersey area suggesting their passengers leaving tomorrow allow extra time for their check-in as a precaution.

“We will be carefully monitoring the situation for any further details that are available for us to communicate to the travel agent community.”

Robert Drumm, president of Alexander + Roberts, informed TravelPulse that the company’s clients who would be affected by the strike have been re-routed through Washington D.C. or Newark.

Steve Perillo, president of Perillo Tours, told TravelPulse, “The union said the workers will go on strike at 10 p.m. Wednesday. There will be picket lines. We recommend that people arrive a little extra early for the departing flights today and tomorrow from JFK.

“However all of our European flights have already departed by 10 p.m.”

Tauck reported to TravelPulse that none of the company's clients are in the line of fire currently.

“We don’t have any guests traveling out of the impacted terminal (number 7) tonight after 10 p.m. when the strike is scheduled to begin, so in the short term at least, we’re not impacted,” said Tom Armstrong, corporate communications manager.

Chris Accomando, president of Sceptre Tours, told TravelPulse, “We have been watching the situation closely and all indications right now are that the strike will not take place until 10 p.m. this evening.  At that point, the majority of the transatlantic flights for our customers will have already departed so we estimate the current impact will be minimal.”

So far so good.

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