A380 lands at provincial airport due to blizzard


New York - Newburgh instead of New York. Singapore Airlines Flight SQ26 that took off from Frankfurt landed at Stewart Airport in Newburgh instead of JFK due to the blizzard over the US.

Newburgh is a nice small city with 28000 inhabitants along the Hudson River and hardly visited by foreign tourists. But now, 325 guests from abroad arrived there at once with the largest passenger aircraft in the world, an Airbus A380.

On January 4, Flight SQ26 of Singapore Airlines had to land at Stewart Airport in Newburgh due to the bad weather conditions over the eastern United States. The airport is located about 110 kilometers north of the New York. The control tower informed the pilots of the Airbus A380 that the runway in JFK was closed due to strong winds and bad visibility and adviced to divert to the provincial airport.

At Stewart International Airport, the A380 was welcomed by a snow-covered runway. After the landing, passengers had to wait about three hours in the Singapore Airlines' A380 before they could leave the plane.

Since Stewart Airport doesn't have A380 gates, they had to get off stairs. The airport was discovered last year by European low-cost airlines like Norwegian using it as an alternative to the major New York airports.