Snow didn’t delay flights during school vacation week

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – This is school vacation week: a popular week for families to travel to warmer locations. Despite the steady snowfall all day, most planes took off without a problem on Tuesday at Bradley International Airport.

“The roads were kind of iffy but we made it,” said Kerry Dolan who drove from New York to fly to New Orleans with her mother and daughter.

It was a slow drive getting to Bradley International Airport, but flying out of it was easy. Only six flights were canceled Tuesday, most due to delays at New York airports.

“I was very concerned because I really want to go to Florida…I’m looking forward to seeing my grandparents and going to visit manatees,” said Maeve McMahon of Westboro, Massachusetts.

This is school vacation week. Airports are busier than normal with families seeking warmer weather. Airport workers were hoping flights would be on-time this week too.

“All of the flights here are very full so if we do have cancelations, very, very difficult for folks to be rebooked on other flights simply because we don’t have available seats,” said Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of Connecticut Airport Authority.

Dillon told 22News one of the major reasons for flight delays was not the weather – but a new federal law requiring flight crews and planes to take more breaks in-between flights.

“I thought it might be at least delayed. I said if it’s canceled, we’re staying here until we can get out because I’m not going back home,” Sylvia Bouyea of Ludlow told 22News.

This has been a challenging winter for many airports in the Northeast. Fortunately, for families looking forward to these trips for months, Tuesday was not one of those challenging days at Bradley. You can track flight arrival and delays on Bradley’s website.

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