WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – A quarter of the flights out of Bradley International Airport are cancelled, with more cancellations expected throughout the day, as a major snowstorm descends upon the Northeast.
Kevin Dillon, Executive Director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, told 22News that they have been in close contact with Gov. Dannel Malloy, the National Weather Service, and the airlines themselves about this approaching storm.
He says that they do not like to close Bradley completely, in the event of an emergency. He said that carriers may not be making flights, but they want to keep the airport itself open.
According to Dillon, one of the biggest problems will be that most terminating flights (those that end their run for the day at Bradley) likely won’t return Monday night, which will leave them with no fleet on Tuesday. He said that they hope flights can trickle in Tuesday afternoon, so that they will have a fleet on Wednesday.
Many travelers showed up early at Bradley to beat the snow.
“The storm just happened all the sudden. I wasn’t paying attention and then I realized man I’m not going to get out. I’ve got to do something,” Margarete Couture of Bernardston.
Western Mass. travelers told 22News it was kind of a hassle trying to switch flights over the phone or online. Fortunately much of that could be done at home though, as opposed to years ago when stranded crowds filled terminals.
“A lot of people are stuck with no flights and there might not be any flights leaving until Thursday for those folks. I’m just really grateful I found something even if I have to kill four hours in Chicago,” Lisa Melnick of Northampton said.
The effects of this storm ripple far outside the Northeast. That is because if an aircraft or crew is impacted by a delay or cancellation here, it of course prevents them from getting to flights scheduled in parts of the country where the weather is fine.
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