Some Yeager Airport flights planned to resume today
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Some flights out of Charleston's Yeager Airport will resume today, but those to and from Washington and New York will remain grounded.
It was cold and rainy at the hilltop airport Monday afternoon, and airport director Rick Atkinson said he detected a bit of sleet when he stepped outside for a quick break.
Winter weather warnings and a blizzard warning remained in effect Monday for surrounding counties.
Atkinson said nearly two dozen flights in and out of Yeager were canceled Monday, but some were to resume today.
"United made the decision Saturday based on the storm projections to cancel flights, thinking it would be too bad here to have flights in and out," Atkinson said.
United Airlines canceled Charleston's flights to and from Houston, Chicago and Washington. Those flights remained canceled Monday, but the flights to and from Houston and Chicago will resume today, Atkinson said.
United's flights to Dulles International Airport near Washington remained canceled.
U.S. Airways flights to Reagan National Airport near Washington and American Airlines flights to La Guardia International Airport in New York were canceled today.
According to the Associated Press, a handful of flights got out of Reagan and Dulles airports Monday before the storm worsened. The last flight from Reagan, which was bound for Atlanta, left at 9 a.m. A flight from Dulles to Tokyo left at 1:15 p.m.
FlightAware.com, a website that tracks flights in real time, reported more than 13,700 domestic and international flights had been canceled as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
About 4,815 domestic and international flights scheduled for today were canceled Monday afternoon, but that number was expected to rise with the outcome of the storm.
In Charleston, more than 900 seats on departing and arriving flights were canceled Monday, Atkinson said.
He said the terminal was not crowded with waiting passengers Monday as people either had been accommodated by other airlines or were waiting for flights later this week.
"We still have flights to Charlotte, Atlanta and Detroit," Atkinson said. "We still have about half of our schedule capacity."
Those flights still are leaving and arriving on time.
Atkinson said the weather at the airport Monday didn't appear to be a problem for pilots.
"As far as weather conditions here, it's just rain," he said. "The runway shows no sign of icing, and visibility is probably about three miles or more."
Passengers can check out Yeager Airport's website at www.yeagerairport.com or the airport's Facebook page for more information. Flight information also is available on the airline websites.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.