Mark Lennihan, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, planes taxi on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. A runway at JFK International will be closed for repairs for five months starting at the end of April 2015, just before New York City’s hectic summer travel season gets underway.

NEW YORK — The closure of a runway at Kennedy Airport could create a traffic jam in the skies above New York City this summer.

The main arrivals runway at Kennedy will be closed for repairs and resurfacing for about five months starting at the end of April, just as summer travel season gets underway. It will likely remain closed through most of hurricane season.

When the winds are calm and visibility is clear, the closure of one runway doesn't cause major disruptions at JFK, which has four runways. But during inclement weather, the loss of that runway could cause a ripple effect of delays at all three of the major airports in the crowded skies above New York.