Flight cancellations expected to grow
Rodney Mosley of
Othello Brandy was to catch a Delta flight to
"If this flight gets canceled, there'll be a whole lot of chain reaction," Mosley said. "His flight is the only one on time."
It was that kind of day at
As the snow fell Saturday, airlines canceled hundreds of flights in and out of
Delta spokeswoman Betsy Talton said the airline had canceled about 260 flights in or out of Hartsfield by mid-afternoon. AirTran spokesman Tad Hutcheson said 75 of that carrier's flights had been scrapped.
Late Saturday night, Hartsfield-Jackson spokesman DeAllous Smith said though conditions had improved, travelers still should check with their airlines for possible delays or cancellations before coming to the airport Sunday.
All runways were open, and there had been no need to apply de-icing measures to them since 3 p.m. Saturday, Smith said. A maintenance crew was in place just in case they were needed, he added.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the airport had been forced to cancel flights so crews could de-ice departing planes.
"The maximum number of planes that can be de-iced per hour is 40,"
That gridlock prompted airport, airline and government officials to convene meetings Thursday and Friday to prevent a recurrence of the of the delays this weekend.
"The goal is not to overload the airport, like Wednesday,"
There were mostly jeers -- and one cheer -- as the flight board showed more and more cancellations.
The cheers came when two dozen soldiers headed to
Lucia George, who was waiting for a return flight to
"I'm just going to sit here. I'm not going to get bent out of shape," said the retired nurse, who killed time doing crossword puzzles.
Others lounged in the atrium reading, sleeping or just staring into space.
George Beaver came to the airport at 1 p.m., hoping to get on an earlier Delta flight to
He hoped to pass the time playing on his computer but couldn't find an outlet. So he just sat.
"I came for the long haul," Beaver said. "Every so often I get up and walk around."
With so many people stuck at the airport killing time, Hartsfield merchants saw many more customers -- and many of them were buying.
Diana Likey of
"Today it's picked up a lot," Likey said. "We made our day before 3 o'clock. We're open until 9."
Polly Riddle of
Riddle, a church organist, said if she didn't get back for the 11 a.m.
"The Lord will bless them just the same," she said.
Delta cancels 70 flights; northeast
The Associated Press, Jan. 17, 2008
Sleet and snow started falling Wednesday in central
Rain was expected to end during the day with temperatures continuing to climb to the upper 30s in the northeast
With icy surfaces at
By midnight Wednesday, the airport recorded 0.4 inches of snow, according to meteorologist Steve Nelson. He said the record for Jan. 16 was set in 1965, when the airport recorded 2.4 inches of snow. He said there was no snow, only rain, after midnight at the airport.
Schools in more than a dozen northeast
Bitter cold in N.M.
To the west, a bitter cold front was keeping temperatures below zero in parts of
Its like walking into a freezer, said Pablo May, owner of Pablos Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services in Angel Fire. He said he hadnt received any calls by early morning requesting help for frozen, busted water pipes, but expected many.
Check with me in an hour, and Ill probably have a weeks worth of work, May said.
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