Most Mid-Continent Passengers Avoid Weather Delays

By: Phil White Email
By: Phil White Email

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Saturday, February 9, 2013

The blizzard impacting the northeastern United States forced the cancellation of thousands of flights this week.

Travelers flying into Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Saturday afternoon said they were surprised they did not encounter any major delays.

"It was perfect," said Jennifer Fischer of Meade. "We had no problems today."

That's not what Fischer expected her family to encounter on their trip from Italy to Meade. She worried the ripple effects of more than 1,700 flight cancellations Saturday would mean delays getting from Minneapolis to Wichita.

"We heard that that was going on here," Fischer said. "We were fortunate to fly into Minneapolis versus Baltimore."

The Fischers' flight was a few minutes late heading for Wichita, though.

"We did have to wait a little bit because there was ice on the plane," Mallory Fischer said . "So, someone had to come and spray it off."

Though there are no direct flights between Mid-Continent Airport and cities directly affected by the blizzard, travelers coming into Wichita were surprised those cancellations did not cause more delays at other major hubs.

Just a couple of arriving flights were running late Saturday afternoon and the only cancellation of a flight out of Wichita was blamed on a mechanical problem.

While she is glad her family lucked out this time, Fischer has plenty of travel experience and she said weather delays are just part of it.

"It's always something that you have to be ready and prepared for and be patient with," she said.

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