Delays and cancellations for families flying after Christmas
Passengers say good-bye to family before going through security at ILM.
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Traffic, tie ups, delays and late starts should be expected during holiday travel, and some wild weather the day after Christmas did not make it any easier for families flying in and out of Wilmington International Airport.
Advisories for tornado watches locally and some steep snowfall in the northeast portion of the United States delayed a number of flights in and out of ILM, canceling a pair of trips to and from Philadelphia. Cindy Rogers managed to make it out of the City of Brotherly Love Wednesday, only 45 minutes delayed.
"It's just worrisome when you have to travel, and you don't know what you're traveling into," said Rogers.
Amanda Lucci, leaving Wilmington for Pittsburgh, had a similar mindset. Her flight was delayed a half hour, and she still needed to catch a connecting flight in Charlotte.
"Our original flight doesn't get in until almost ten," she said. "It'll probably be later than that, or maybe not, maybe we'll miss it."
Regardless of where she's going, Nancy Thompson said she dealt with similar snow storm problems last year on her way home to Columbus, Ohio.
"I think mother nature has it out for me on Christmas," joked Thompson.
Both Thompson and Lucci said they were notified about their delays by a call from the airline. ILM Deputy Director Julie Wilsey suggests travelers always update their contact info with airlines.
Just because a flight is delayed, passengers still need to check-in on time, according to Wilsey. She said ILM is quick about loading and unloading the smaller planes, so airport staff can actually help to make up lost time from delays.