SQ26 from Frankfurt to New York was diverted from the city's main John F Kennedy International Airport.
A Singapore Airlines A380 landing in Stewart Airport during a blizzard. (Photo: Stewart Airport/Twitter)
SINGAPORE: A Singapore Airlines-operated jumbo jet bound for New York's John F Kennedy International Airport was diverted to a smaller airfield instead on Thursday (Jan 4) amid a massive blizzard.
New York's main JFK Airport suspended flights due to "strong winds and whiteout conditions". It is scheduled to resume operations at 7am Eastern Time (8pm Singapore time).
According to flight tracking site FlightAware, SQ26 from Frankfurt to New York was scheduled to land at JFK Airport at 11.07am Eastern Time on Thursday.
However, it was diverted and landed at the smaller Stewart International Airport, about 130km north of JFK Airport, at 12.25pm instead.
The plane was an Airbus A380, which is the world's largest passenger jet.
CNBC reported that the 325 passengers aboard found themselves stuck on the snowy runway for more than three hours.
A Singapore Airlines spokesperson told Channel NewsAsia that as Stewart International Airport does not cater gates for A380 aircraft, passengers disembarked from the aircraft via stairs.
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