WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Runways are clear at Wilmington International Airport, but due to winter weather in other parts of the country, some travelers trying to make their way home are grounded
The East Coast was reminded what winter is about this weekend, with high winds and blizzard conditions closing down airports and leaving holiday travelers stranded.
Wilmington resident Matthew Boyer finally made it home from Florida after being delayed Sunday night. He says although he had to adjust his schedule, he enjoyed the extra time with his family, but he might have been the only one.
"Pretty much everyone else on the flight that was cancelled yesterday. everybody was throwing a hissy fit, and I felt like I was the only one there with my head on straight, 'cause everyone was going crazy and I didn't really care," Boyer said. "I got to spend an extra night with my family. I didn't mind, but everyone else didn't like it, was not happy."
ILM seemed to be business as usual monday despite some cancellations. Airport director of operations Gary Broughton said now it's just a waiting game.
"Wwe're still waiting for more information out of New York. Philadelphia is working on getting theirs back to normal. They're working with a one-runway operation right now, so that's slowing things down considerably," Broughton said
Even our own WWAY family was affected by the delays. Kevin Wuzzardo's sister Kelly will spend an extra day in our area. She got an automated call Monday morning that her afternoon flight from Wilmington to Philadelphia was cancelled.
"Tthe first time I called back, they said there was a 99-minute wait, but the second time i called back, i got in within a minute. Apparently everyone gave up and tried online," she said.
Instead of flying home to New Haven, CT, though, she's booked Tuesday night to Charlotte and Hartford and still trying to figure out how to get home from there. It's a problem many travelers are facing this holiday.
The monster snow storm is leaving, but strong winds and temperatures well below freezing will continue to slow travel in the northeast through tomorrow. The best advice is to check with your airline before heading to the airport.