The restoration of power came too late for one flight that had to turn around and spend 16 hours in the air as it returned to New Zealand.
By Gregory Wallace and Celina Tebor, CNN
(CNN) – Full power has been restored to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport’s Terminal 1, according to a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Saturday.
Limited flight activity resumed at the international terminal of the airport earlier Saturday morning after “necessary electrical repairs” were completed overnight, the statement read.
“Safety and security systems are fully functional and other building systems are being tested and brought back online.”
The power outage at Terminal 1 began Thursday, and the terminal remained closed throughout Friday, CNN previously reported.
Terminal 1 represents 5 percent of all JFK scheduled passenger flights, an earlier statement from the Port Authority said. Of the 64 arrivals and departures originally scheduled at Terminal 1 today, 26 will operate at the terminal, 28 will be handled at different JFK terminals or other local airports, and 10 were canceled, Saturday afternoon's statement said.
The outage at Terminal 1 was caused by an electrical panel failure, which resulted in a “small isolated fire overnight that was immediately extinguished,” the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement Thursday.
“The power outage is currently impacting the terminal’s ability to accept inbound and outbound flights,” the statement said.
Other terminals were used to accommodate the affected flights, the Port Authority said.
An Air New Zealand flight due to land at JFK at 5:40 p.m. ET Thursday was diverted back to its origin airport, according to flight tracking site FlightAware.
Some arriving international flights were diverted to other East Coast airports, including Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, Boston's Logan International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, JFK's website showed.
“Diverting to another U.S. port would have meant the aircraft would remain on the ground for several days, impacting a number of other scheduled services and customers,” the airline said in a statement to CNN.
Airline staff will be on hand to rebook passengers when they arrive back in Auckland.
“We apologize for the inconvenience and thank our customers for their patience and understanding.”