Winter storm snarls travel plans for some flying out of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The winter storm sweeping the country hit our area on Friday, causing problems for some travelers attempting to exit Philadelphia International Airport.

As AAA points out, your plane may come from a snowy place while flying to a sunny place — and that will ultimately affect you.

Across the country, flights have been canceled amid a surge in holiday travel left and right.

“We’re flying to Atlanta, so let’s hope we can get out of here before the snow comes,” said Branton Stone of Wrightstown, New Jersey.

We met a group who took a train from LaGuardia to Philadelphia International after their flight was cancelled.

“We got up at 4 a.m., caught the train to Philadelphia, and Delta was able to get us on a flight home,” said Andrew Miller of Panama City, Florida. “So we can spend Christmas together at home.”

As of 9:30 a.m. Friday, 3,200 flights within, to or from the United States were canceled.

Airport officials report that as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, there were more cancellations than all of Thursday.

All of this, as AAA says, travel will be close to pre-pandemic levels.

“What makes it different in terms of volume is that we have two consecutive three-day weekends,” said AAA’s Jana Tidwell. “A lot of people take time off in between so they have enough time to maybe take a trip, maybe take multiple trips, visit family and friends, and get away between the Christmas and New Year holidays.”

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