Storm disrupts local flights

Dec. 26, 2012 @ 02:59 PM

A massive Christmas week storm that brought blizzard conditions and dangerous high winds to other parts of the nation caused flight delays and cancellations at Piedmont Triad International Airport Wednesday.
The delays and cancellations happened because the weather system disrupted passenger service at airports in the South, Midwest and Northeast served by PTIA. But the disruption didn’t appear to be as extensive as in late October, when Hurricane Sandy caused a third or more flight cancellations at PTIA during several days.
Through early Wednesday afternoon, the storm system delayed PTIA flights to Washington, D.C., and New York City and caused cancellations to Dallas, said Julie Beadle, director of airport operations.
Beadle suggested PTIA passengers scheduled to travel today check with their airlines to see if the lingering impact of the storm causes further delays or cancellations. The last area of the country that will be pounded by the storm system is the Northeast, which is a popular region for flights from PTIA.
“It all depends on what the weather does,” Beadle told The High Point Enterprise.
On the key after-Christmas travel day, some 1,143 flights had been canceled and 4,719 were delayed across the country through early Wednesday afternoon, according to the travel website FlightStats.com. The airports most affected were Indianapolis, Dallas/Fort Worth, Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles, according to NBC News.
PTIA has four daily flights to O’Hare International Airport, three daily flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and three daily flights to Dulles International Airport. PTIA currently has 58 daily flights to 16 airports, according to PTIA’s website.

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