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Snowstorm throws a wrench in travel plans

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Thursday morning's snowstorm across the Northeast threw a wrench into many well laid plans for travel over the holiday. YNN's Bill Carey was at Syracuse's Hancock Airport where they were keeping up with the heavy snow.



SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It was morning rush hour at Hancock Airport. A host of flights scheduled to fly out at 6 or 7 a.m. en route to most major connecting cities. And the problems were piling up. More and more travelers being told they would not be leaving on time, if at all.

The people at Hancock say despite the heavy snow, the problem wasn't on their end.

“Typically and normally our cancellations and delays are a result of weather issues at other airports. This airport was open all night. Scheduled flights did go out this morning. As I mentioned, a few cargo flights and a few commercial flights,” said Christina Callahan, Syracuse Aviation Commissioner.

And weather issues at places like Chicago, Newark, and LaGuardia meant plenty of problems. With snow decreasing by sunrise, there was hope of a return to a nearly normal schedule quickly.

This storm will have a lingering effect on air traffic as passengers bumped from flights, due to the bad weather, try to re-book on other flights to their destination.

For example, the appropriately named traveler, Jack Frost, who came to Hancock Wednesday for a flight back to work in Oklahoma.

“Returned my rental car. Came in. Was told my flight to Chicago was cancelled. They rebooked me for one at 7 this morning and then told me that one was cancelled,” said stranded traveler, Jack Frost.

“Increased traffic, so more people are flying this week. You know the airlines have slowly decreased capacity over the years, so there are fewer seats available, even during a normal travel season. So, certainly this week, it's going to be a little more difficult getting re-booked,” said Callahan.

Meaning it could be into the New Year before all of the displaced travelers, nationwide, get to where they're going.


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