Winter Blast Causing Travel Issues At Airport
PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — The latest round of winter weather continues to cause problems for travelers at Pittsburgh International Airport today.
As the day continued on, the list of flight delays and cancellations grew. Passengers were stuck waiting for connections or just the next flight home.
“When I arrived in Phoenix yesterday, they said not only can you not go to Philadelphia, you can’t go anywhere on the East Coast,” said traveler, Jonathan Rosan.
He was able to make it to Pittsburgh and almost made it home to Philadelphia, but his trip took a turn for the worst.
“We got to Philadelphia; you could see Lincoln Financial Field and City Bank Park,” said Rosan. “We were circling and the pilot said, ‘Its too icy, we can’t land. We’re gonna go back to Pittsburgh.'”
Frustration filled airports all over the East Coast, including in New York. Heavy snowfall snarled air traffic and the domino effect left passengers stranded in Pittsburgh.
“Never ending journey to get home,” added Matt Rigatti, who found himself stuck in Pittsburgh Thursday morning. “My wife and 7-month-old are buried under seven feet of snow in New Hampshire.”
But Rigatti’s story is similar to many others. His one connecting flight turned into several. Now, he’s thinking of taking matters into his own hands rather than risking another delay.
“I’d rather drive than spend the night in Philadelphia airport,” he said.
But renting a car was even difficult as many providers ran out of one-way rental cars.
Across the state, about 1,500 airline passengers were forced to spend the night at Philadelphia International Airport after the storm forced nearly 800 flights to be canceled Wednesday and Thursday.