WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – The snow and freezing temperatures from Tuesday night’s storm caused some back-ups at airports in the eastern half of the country. 22News spent the morning at Bradley International Airport to see how travelers there were impacted.
“So I’m just happy to see her, I’m excited, just totally excited!” Dee Endress was in tears as she waited for her daughter’s arrival from her year long deployment. “Absolutely, I checked her flight patterns yesterday, I checked her flight patterns last night, I checked cancellations, I got texts from her, so I’m very thankful she’s coming in,” Endress said.
But, across the country, more than 3,000 flights were canceled Tuesday, and another 14 hundred were canceled Wednesday morning. And at Bradley airport, 19 departures and 4 arrivals were cancelled before 1 o’clock Wednesday.
Authorities here at Bradley International Airport explained that many of this morning’s cancellations were caused by Tuesday night’s arrival issues. In other words, if the planes don’t come in the night before they’re not ready for the morning departures.
Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, Kevin Dillon, told 22News that so far this winter some of the most troublesome airports hubs have been Chicago, Philadelphia, or New York.
Bill O’Brien was forced to wait out Tuesday’s storm in Washington D.C. “The flight I was on got cancelled. So, some of the people I flew with ended up sleeping at the airport,” O’Brien said. He was able to stay at his hotel because his airline called him and offered a free schedule change before the storm came.
Bradley Airport authorities urge you to call your airline before you leave the house to be sure your flight is still running as scheduled, especially when the weather gets bad.
If you are flying or picking somebody up, you will want to be sure to check the Bradley flight tracker.