Tracking the Tropics
Stranded passengers wait for flights to resume
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Fla. (WSVN) -- Hundreds of travelers are stranded in South Florida after Tropical Storm Irene canceled numerous flights nationwide over the weekend.
"We're stuck, and we're going to Philadelphia, and she's going to New York, and the next flight out is Friday," said one stranded traveler.
Hundreds of flights departing for the Northeast at Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have been canceled, as a result of Tropical Storm Irene forcing major airports in New York City, Philadelphia and Boston to shutdown Saturday.
Some travellers can expect to be stuck in South Florida for as much as a week. "We got to go to work. How are we going to do that? Now we're thinking of driving to New Jersey because we can't stay here all this time," said Bridget Corg.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport alone has a total of 41 canceled flights and six delays.
South Florida airport officials said they expect long lines at airports late Monday morning and into the afternoon, as stranded travelers try to get to their final destination.
"I was supposed to leave at 6:00 this morning, but I got a notice saying that it was canceled. No problem. I re-booked on Sunday and got a ticket saying I would leave at 9:00 today," said Jerry Delerme, who is flying to New York. "No email, no nothing. So, I'm ready to go, so I can go to work. Get to the airport, cancellation. It says 2:00, but I'm flying stand-by, so that means I'm not getting home probably until tomorrow."
All major airports in the Northeast re-opened Monday morning.
American Airlines said they have extra planes on stand-by, ready for departures as soon as the airports re-open.
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