February 26, 2013
At least eight departures scheduled to leave Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport have been canceled Tuesday, as the city continues to battle a winter storm.
The conditions are expect to improve throughout the day in Wichita.
Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport sat virtually empty Monday as nearly every airline canceled flights with another snow storm moving into the region.
Airport leaders say Mid-Continent's two main parallel runways and main taxiways were all open Monday. They say each airline made the decision to cancel flights based on numerous other factors.
The only airline that did not cancel all flights was Allegiant Airlines.
Allegiant Airlines travelers camped out in the airport throughout the day hoping the flights would be on-time, or at the worst, delayed.
Allen Fisher of Downs, Kan. was trying to get out of town with his wife for their fifth wedding anniversary.
"We decided to go to (Las) Vegas this time," Fisher said. "We have 12 kids so we are just trying to get away."
He and his wife drove to Wichita Sunday night to avoid having to get around town in the bad weather. They arrived at the airport Monday morning hours before their 9:15 p.m. scheduled departure time.
"Just hoping we can get out and get there instead of having to be canceled. Because if they delay it, we can't go another day," Fisher said.
In the many hours he sat waiting, Fisher made friends with several other passengers who camped out near the Allegiant ticket counter. Those passengers included Dave Fetherston who, after visiting family in Winfield, hoped to get back home to the Phoenix, Ariz. area.
"I'm just taking it minute by minute," Fetherston said.
Each minute dragged. There wasn't much for passengers to do. Because all the other airlines canceled flights, the airport let food service and gift shop workers stay home.
"I probably have not seen it this quiet in a long time," Christopher said.
To pass the time, several passengers ordered a pizza. Others like Topeka's Timothy Saale and his friends sat and played cards.
"We kind of knew we would be waiting for it anyway so we were able to brace ourselves for it," Saale said.
They just hoped they weren't bracing for disappointment.
"I just hope we get to make it there, have fun, and come back home to our 12 kids," Fisher said.