Storm causing delays at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
Storm causing delays at Fresno-Yosemite International Airport
Canceled flights and airport lodging are the reality for thousands across the nation.

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Canceled flights and airport lodging are the reality for thousands across the nation.

The arctic winter blast, causing at least 1300 flight cancellations Saturday within, into, or out of the United States, according to Flight Aware.

Sean Quinn was at FYI, he's heading back to Tennessee for work and has a connecting flight in Chicago. But his hopes for smooth travels, are not high.

"I'm expecting to get stuck, I'm probably going to have to sleep on the floor somewhere," said Quinn.

Local airport officials say cancellations in Fresno have not been a problem so far, but the rain, snow and frigid temperatures are still having an impact in other ways.

"We are seeing some minor delays, 15 minutes to an hour, but at this time we are not seeing any cancellations," Fresno Yosemite International Airport spokeswoman Vikkie Calderon said.

Vikki Calderon with Fresno Yosemite International Airport says while delays and cancellations are slim right now, the winter weather can still cause an impact on air travel.

"There are some storms that are occurring over the weekend in other parts of the U.S. that may possibly affect flights at the Fresno airport, so again we encourage passengers to keep in contact with their airline," said Calderon.

Jacob Almonte is one of those people who had a difficult time getting back to Fresno.

"My flight was delayed for about an hour to Arizona, from Chicago to Arizona. I missed my connection flight," said Almonte.

That's why officials say whether you are traveling near or far, check your flight because it can modify quickly.

"We do however encourage passengers to check on their flight status and to keep in constant contact with their airline, in the event that their flight status does change, their airlines can help them with their flight itineraries, said Calderon.

Nationwide, officials also say the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max-9 9 after last week's Alaska flight incident is increasing the flight issues right now.

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Calderon adding it's important to communicate with your ride during adverse weather situations.

"We also remind passengers, if they are going to be experiencing some type of interruption in their flights to keep in contact with their family members who may be waiting to pick them up," said Calderon.

While Almonte was able to use his American Airlines app for a new flight at no charge, he says the weather made for a disturbing time in the sky.

"It was really bumpy, I don't get motion sick usually, but I got motion sick on that flight," said Almonte.

His advice to those ready for take off.

"Good luck," said Almonte.

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