Travelers in Valdosta make alternate plans due to storm -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Travelers in Valdosta make alternate plans due to storm

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Snow and ice forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights, including all the flights in and out of Albany and Valdosta Monday.

Those travelers had to make alternate plans to get to their destinations.

This plane at the Valdosta Regional Airport is ready to depart but the airlines are not. The winter storm has delayed flights at many Georgia airports. Steffi Ellington's destination is Las Vegas. Part of her route was to fly from Valdosta to Atlanta.

"It's cut us about a day but that's fine at least we're getting there," said Ellington.

She and a co-worker were forced to change their plans since the winter storm brought snow and ice to the runways at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, causing thousands of flights to be delayed or canceled.

"We're just taking a rental car now from here to Jacksonville and just driving to Jacksonville airport and going straight there to Vegas," said Ellington.

Airport manager Jim Galloway says "the airlines are not going to do anything that's unsafe so they're going to be sure to get the runways plowed. Our airport remains open. It's fine. We got some rain and a little bit of cold wind."

The airport has three flights per day to and from Atlanta and they're hoping Tuesday, they'll be back on track.

"We're expecting that maybe in the morning the 5:40 flight once the runways get open in Atlanta that they'll be able to take that plane and plug it back into their flying schedule."

While it may take some extra time for Steffi Ellington and her co-worker to get to Vegas, they say it's better late than never.

All flights out of Albany tomorrow have also been canceled.

They hope the 9:45 flight into Albany Wednesday morning will make it.

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