Someone Wake The Groundhog... Spring Can't Come Soon
Yet another winter storm socked in airports throughout the
Midwest and East Coast this weekend.
USA Today reports hundreds of flights were cancelled at
Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, as well as New York's Kennedy
and La Guardia and Dulles International in Washington, DC.
Low-cost carrier JetBlue -- with memories still fresh of its
response to a similar storm earlier this month -- took a proactive
approach and cancelled 68 flights out of Kennedy Monday, as well as
dozens more from O'Hare and Washington, DC. Other airlines took
JetBlue spokeswoman Alison Eshelman said the cancellations were
to make sure crews and equipment were in place for the airline to
resume normal operations after the storm -- something the
carrier failed to do in response to the February 14 storm. As Aero-News reported,
fallout from that storm shut down a large part of JetBlue's
operations for six days.
Along the east coast, weary airport officials had to deal once
again with stranded passengers... but officials say it could have
been a lot worse.
"The way I see it, we lucked out in getting snow as opposed to
freezing rain," said National Weather Service Meterologist Andy
A separate system snarled operations at Dallas-Fort Worth
International Airport Saturday, as vicious winds blew dust from the
state's western plains through the metroplex, creating thick
brown-out conditions. DFW and Dallas Love Field were subjected to
ground stop orders lasting nearly to six hours.
Before the ground stop, strong winds blew an American Eagle
Embraer 145 off a taxiway at Love. The airport later recorded a top
gust near 60 mph.
By Monday, most airports had resumed normal operations. An
exception was Philadelphia International Airport, where incoming
flights were delayed by 45 minutes, according to The Journal