Monday, December 27, 2010
Being "home for the holidays" is turning out to being home longer than planned for some flying through Mid-Continent Airport. The east coast snow storms are impacting some Kansas airline travelers in a big way.
"I've been on hold for 25 minutes, and still holding," said Justin Moore, a traveler trying to leave Wichita for Boston Monday.
Justin Moore and his fiance are from Oklahoma City but flying out of Wichita because the tickets out of Mid-Continent are cheaper. Wow! Now, that's a switch. But, cheaper or not, the east coast blizzard is snowing the couple in here.
"So we're stranded here. We have to be here a couple more days. We'll wait it out," he said. "We're going to Boston. There's weather there and we understand. But, we'd also like other options as well."
The arrival and departure marquees, showing local flights on time, don't always tell the whole story because some fliers' problems are at the next hub they're trying to reach. "I'm trying to get to North Carolina right now because that's where I'm stationed, but the flights are all booked and because they had to cancel so many flights I can't rebook anywhere," Kansas Marine Javier Alejandro Medrano said.
Traveler Timothy Hotze had to battle blizzards a week ago in Europe to get here, and now again snow is keeping him from getting home on time. "I was home for the holidays, and ended up getting here unexpectedly after getting delayed in London last week," Hotze said. "I managed to make it in and I was thinking well...I've had enough of a travel adventure for one week--and maybe not," he added.
Boston bound Janet Potter said, "So far I'm hoping I'm going to be very lucky because I'm going to Dallas to connect, and I'm going on to Boston which I understand the airport is open." She added, "I hope the wind doesn't blow too hard and I can get to my friend's birthday."
So there's one who found a flight back to Boston which could bode well for others who are stranded here in the Air Capital a little longer than they planned.