JFK Air Traffic Control Tower Closed After Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

WCBS 880 Newsroom
March 20, 2020 - 9:58 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Federal Aviation Administration technician assigned to the air traffic control tower at John F. Kennedy International Airport has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The technician has not been in the facility since March 16.

According to the FAA. "He left the building after a brief visit and did not enter the air traffic control tower cab where air traffic controllers work. He previously was in the facility on March 11."

As a precaution, air controllers are operating from an alternate location on airport property while the tower is thoroughly cleaned.

"Even though the technician did not enter the tower cab, as a precaution we scheduled a thorough cleaning of the tower cab, equipment room, administrative offices and elevators to ensure a safe work environment for all of our employees," the FAA said. "A professional cleaning company will clean the facility this morning."

The FAA said moving air traffic controllers to an alternate site is part of the agency's longstanding contingency plan to ensure continued operations.

Flights were operating normally following the announcement.