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Holiday hustle looking good so far at South Florida airports

Thanksgiving, Sunday after busiest travel days of year

Author: Liane Morejon, Reporter, lmorejon@wplg.com
Todd Tongen, Reporter, Anchor, ttongen@Local10.com
Published On: Nov 26 2014 07:47:10 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 27 2014 10:32:19 AM EST

Holiday travelers attempt to change flights ahead of Nor-easter

CHILLY. WE'LL TELL YOU HOW LOW COMING UP IN JUST FI MINUTES. Calvin Hughes: NOW TO THE HOLIDAY TRAVEL MESS AFFECTING MILLIONS, TUSSLING OUR AIRPORTS AND HIGHWAYS, A LOT OF FOLKSR. THE SNOW WAS REALLY COMING DOWN HARD EARLIER TODAY IN WASHINGTON, DC, YOU COULD HARDLY SEE THE CAPITOL BUILDING AT TIMES, AND MORE THAN 500 FLIGHTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN CANCELLED WITH MORE THAN 40 MILLION AMERICANS EXPECTED TO TRAVEL TODAY. THAT STORM COULD NOT COME AT A WORST TIME. THE WINTER WEATHER IS ALREADY STARTING TO HIT THE BIG APPLE HERE. THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE LOOKED LIKE THIS EARLIER TODAY. IT HAPPENED THIS AFTERNOON. TAKE A LOOK AT THE SNOW THAT HAS ALREADY FALLEN NOW IN ROANOKE, VIRGINIA SOME AREAS IN THE NORTHEAST COULD GET SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW, AND MORE SNOW IS IN THE FORECAST. Janine Stanwood: EXHAUST KNOW, SO MANY HOLIDAY TRAVELERS, THEY HAVE TRIED TOP CHANGENER FLIGHTS AT THE LAST MINUTE IN ORDER TO GET TO THEIR DESTINATION BEFORE THE WEATHER GETS WOES. Calvin Hughes: LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER TODD TONGEN LIVE AT FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH MORE ON HOW THIS MESS IS AFFECTING FLIGHT BOTH TO AND FROM SOUTH FLORIDA. TODD. Reporter: CALVIN AND JANINE, IT'S BEEN THE TALE OF TWO CITIES. WE'VE BEEN BOTH A MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND HERE IN FORT LAUDERDALE THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE LET'S GET RIDE TO THE NUMBERS. FIRST OF ALL, MIAMI ONLY 12IZ CLASS AND ZERO CANCELLATIONS AT LAST CHECK, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FORT LAUDERDALE NUMBERS, A BIG DIFFERENCE, 93 ARRIVAL DELAYS TODAY, 84 DEPARTURE DELAYS. THAT MAKES A TOTAL OF 177 TOTAL DELAYS DUE TO WEATHER. THEY ALSO HAD THREE ARRIVAL KANSAS ACCUMULATIONS ARRIVAL CANCELLATIONS AND. A TOTAL OF SEVEN. BEWARE IF YOU ARE FLYING THIS WEEKEND. CALL AHEAD. THAT NASTY NOR'EASTER IS JOKINGLY BEING CALLED A SNOW EAR AS IT MAKES ITS WAY UP TO SEABOARD CAUSING HOLIDAY TRAVEL TROUBLES AND DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS UP NORTH OFTEN HAVE A DOMINO EFFECT HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA. SOME PASSENGERS DECIDED TO OUTWIT MOTHER NATURE. I CAME IN FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. I WAS PLANNING ON COMING WITH THE 1:45 BUT WITH ALL THE ALERT FROM THE SNOW I SWITCHED IT BACK TO 7:00 A.M. Reporter: MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS EXPECTING 914,000 PASSENGERS TO PASS THROUGH HERE DURING THE NEXT EIGHT DAYS WITH THE BUSIEST DAYS BEING SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY. I WAS WORRIED ON THE WAY OVER HERE, BUT AS OF NOW I'M FEELING PRETTY CONFIDENT ABOUT NOT MISSING MY FLIGHT. FLAD THAT YOU'RE TRAVELING EARLIER TODAY RATHER THAN LATE? ABSOLUTELY. I HAVEN'T SEEN MY FAMILY IN FOREVER. HEAP THANKSGIVING. LIKEWISE. HAPPY HOLIDAYS. Reporter: MEANWHILE FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IS EXPECTING HALF A MILLION TRAVELERS TO PASS THROUGH ITS FACILITY IN THAT AIM PERIOD WITH THE BASE BUSIEST DAYS BEING TODAY AND SUNDAY. DEPARTING PASSENGERS BEWARE. TERMINAL 3, 4 AND 5 PARKING GARAGES WERE ALREADY FULL SO EXPECT TO TAKE THE TRAM. I SEE YOU MICHAEL. DOES THAT MEAN YOUR -- I SEE YOU SMILING. ARE YOU WORRIED? I'M A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED. WHERE ARE YOU FLYING INTO? I'M FLYING INTO PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND, AND LONGS BAKE WAKE IT TOMORROW AFTERNOON I'M GOOD. Reporter: STILL OTHER PASSENGERS WERE HOPING AND PRAYING TO GET AIRBORNE SO THEY'RE NOT CANCELLED. MA'AM, WHAT'S YOUR NAME? WHAT'S YOUR NAME? THAT WOMAN RIGHT THERE AS YOU CAN SEE IS WAITING FOR HER DAUGHTER TO GET BACK FROM PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND. SHE'S NOT FLOWERS. A LOT OF FOLKS HOPING THIS IS GOING TO BE A GOOD THINKING OF. SHE SAYS SHE THINKS HER DAUGHTER IS GOING TO BARELY MAKE IT IN

SOUTH FLORIDA -

Most air travelers leaving Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday can expect conditions to be in their favor at South Florida's two major airports during the nation's busiest travel week.

Still, South Florida's airports were seeing some delays, some due to the snowfall coming up north.

As of 9 p.m., Miami International Airport reported 13 delays and no cancellations. Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport reported 179 delays, 90 of which were departures and 89 of which were arriving flights. There were also 10 cancellations.

All delays and cancellations reported were due to weather. Delays at FLL were up to 6 hours, 30 minutes in duration.

Earlier in the day, many travelers at MIA told Local 10 News they were happy to be traveling in the morning and were worried about the domino effect if they were traveling later. Some people even said they changed their flights to get out of the airport earlier.

"I came in from Washington D.C.," said Christopher Anderson, who arrived at MIA Wednesday morning.  "I was planning on coming here at 1:45 p.m., but with all the alerts about the snow, I switched my flight back to 7 a.m."

MIA officials say they expect the busiest days to be this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. More than 127,000 people are expected travel on each of those days.

FLL officials expect Wednesday and Sunday to be its busiest travel days. The Broward County Aviation anticipates 72,000 passengers a day as available airline seats are up 5.7 percent compared to last year.

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FLL south runway now fully operational

500,000 passengers expected to pass through airport this week

Author: Amanda Batchelor, Senior Digital Editor, abatchelor@wplg.com
Published On: Nov 24 2014 11:01:34 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 24 2014 06:27:58 PM EST


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

The new runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is now fully operational, just in time for the busy holiday travel week.

The south runway opened Sept. 18, but its use was limited, as air carrier departures were primarily limited to eastbound departures and westbound arrivals.

Airport officials say after additional construction, the runway became fully operational Saturday.

More than 500,000 passengers are expected to pass through the airport between Tuesday and next Monday, with an expected 72,000 passengers a day.

The busiest travel days are expected to be Wednesday and Sunday.

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