Northeast blizzard affecting flights in Jacksonville
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Much of America is bracing for the historic storm set to slam the Northeast Monday evening and Tuesday -- and things are no different in Jacksonville.
Between 50 percent and 70 percent of flights have already been canceled Monday at New York area airports. In Jacksonville more than two dozen flights have been delayed or canceled. As weather worsens up north, the number of delays and cancellations could climb as well.
A spokeswoman at the Jacksonville airport said the most important thing for travelers to do is to check the status of their flights. She said because of the blizzard, flight statuses have been up in the air.
Roughly 25 flights from Delta to Jet Blue to United Airlines were canceled Monday. They all seem to be flights heading into JFK, La Guardia, Boston, Washington D.C. and Newark, New Jersey.
The airport spokeswoman also said she doesn't expect too many passenger traffic jams within the airport since this is an origin- and destination-based airport where passengers either start their journeys or end them. Unlike, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport where people basically could be stuck until the storm passes.
Many passengers will be in luck because most of the major U.S. airlines are offering fee-free rebooking of flights to and from the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday.
Bobbi Coluni arrived in Jacksonville from New York, but explained that getting out of the north was not easy.
"I was coming here tomorrow morning, and then the flight they put me on was canceled again so I ended up today after my meetings in the morning trying to figure out how to get down," said Coluni.
Coluni was flying into Jacksonville from New Jersey. Her flight to Jacksonville was canceled twice, so after her business meeting in New York she decided to head south-- by driving.
"I was coming here tomorrow morning, and then the flight they put me on was canceled again so I ended up today after my meetings in the morning trying to figure out how to get down. I checked and found that it was okay in Baltimore, not too much snow and instead of the flight down from Baltimore , I drove in order to make my meeting tomorrow," said Coluni.
As states of emergencies were put in place from Massachusetts to New Hampshire, many people had to face not making their meetings as officials warned everyone to stay inside.
Checking the status of a flight will save travelers a trip back home or to a hotel until they're able to fly out.
According to flightaware.com more cancellations are expected on Tuesday. Travelers are forced to wait at least 24 hours until their final destinations can be reached.
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