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Albany airport shut down by weather

January 31, 2005

Albany-- Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany is shut down. There've been no flights into or out of the airport. And icy weekend weather in Atlanta is the reason.

The terminal is empty, all flights in and out of the airport have been canceled. The culprit is flight backups from this weekend. Luckily, passengers aren't just waiting around.

ASA is trying to call passengers to let them know their flights have been canceled. "I don't very much like it. It's a really strange situation," said Passenger Wolfgang Haas." You can't get out anymore. But what can you do?"

"I think people understand that when you have ice on the runways, that's really unsafe for cars, much less for airplanes," said Airport Director Yvette Aehle. "So there's really nothing that could have been done. It's wintertime and sometimes people get upset cause they can't get where they need to go, but safety is out number one goal."

Airport managers are hoping things will be back to normal Tuesday, but people who were already booked for flights tomorrow have first priority. ASA is trying to fill empty seats with people whose flights were canceled over the weekend, but they may have to wait until later in the week to fly out.

About 200 people fly into and out of Southwest Georgia Regional airport every day.

posted at 4:55PM by dave.miller@walb.com