Local Travelers Upset Over Flight Problems

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — It’s been a long, frustrating day for some local air travelers.

They arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport early Saturday morning to catch one of two flights to Myrtle Beach, but neither one got off the ground.

Both were canceled, but passengers say they were not told about the cancellation until late Saturday night.

“We heard, ‘Well, we’re [going to] leave at 3:30, we’re [going to] leave at 4:30, we’re [going to] leave at 5:30, we’re [going to] leave at 6:30, we’re [going to] leave at 7:30.’ They came out at eight o’clock and said the flight’s been canceled, go home,” said traveler John Pelaia.

“Everybody’s pretty upset, and the bad part is there are no flights leaving for Myrtle Beach this evening,” added Mary Insana, another traveler. “I don’t even think we can get on a plane tomorrow.”

Travelers were told a mechanical problem is to blame. They will be compensated.

The flights are operated by Direct Air. KDKA attempted to contact the airline, but the calls were not returned.

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  • pele

    Welcome to deregulation courtesy of Ronald Reagan and the republicans. Wait until they deregulate everything, you think you have problems now it will get even worse.

    • meh

      Pele, you’re pathetic

    • COACH39

      You missed Bush!!

  • Anonymous

    Right on the money with your peply.

  • Anonymous

    The airlines use these excuses when if you really get to the bottom the airlines crews are out of hours & they have no one to pick up the flight at dptr or arr terminal. Be glad it happened this way they usually use the weather excuse then the FAA lets them leave you high & dry with no compensation. The airlines lost sight of the fact 20 yrs. ago that they are a service industry & if you want things to change boycott them when they lose money they listen.

  • Anonymous

    Go to Latrobe airport and fly Spirit airlines direct to myrtle beach

  • Critter

    Spirit is a joke. Also,Direct Air is using 737″s from the 1960″s.

  • The Dude

    Direct Air has a long history of pulling this stunt. Just search the internet and you will find the same story. Sites like Trip Advisor have several topics regarding flights to Myrtle Beach.

  • Anonymous

    Direct Air isn’t the only airline that pulls this stunt. On June 16th our tour group had a 5-hour delay on Continental to Newark, only to find out later that flight had been cancelled. It gets better. On our return flight from Newark to Pitt, they cancelled the flight all together and had to get us a bus to drive us home! This was after traveling from Rome, a total of 11.5 hours. Several of us have tried to contact Continental with no results. We were told by a business traveler who happened to be on our flight that they cancel that flight all the time. Not sure how they could get away with this.

  • Really???

    Wow a little bitter there johnny69! I sometimes drive and sometimes fly, depending on the amount of time I have and the deal I can get on airline tickets. Sometimes the deals are good enough that it’s actually cheaper to fly then to spend the money on gas as well as wear and tear on the car. This year the deals to MB were really good (if you booked months and months ago!) Not heading to MB this year though.

    The point is, if you pay for a service no matter what your income, you deserve to receive said service. No one deserve poor service because of their income, race, etc…

    • johnny69

      Yeah a little, LOL sorry about my rant!

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