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Albany airport back in business

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) --  For the first time since the weekend flights are again operating at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

The first flight since Sunday arrived at 11:15 Wednesday morning to many weary travelers delights.  Some travelers have been stranded for days.

Being stuck in Atlanta for several days, doesn't sound too bad, but it gets worse, no luggage, which means no clean clothes, and hotels raising the rates, that's what stranded travelers trying to make it back here have had to endure.

For the first time since Sunday, TSA Security Agents were checking bags and allowing people through security at the Albany airport, including Sharon Croft who's tried to get home since 6:00 AM Monday morning. It's given her some extra time with family here in Albany, but it could be a long trip ahead.

"On-line it said the flight was canceled out of Atlanta, but when I called they said it was on schedule, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed," she said.

Wendy Mathis' sister wasn't as lucky, Columbus flights were canceled. The two are meeting in Atlanta, headed for the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas. Wendy anxiously tracked her flight's status on her phone.

"It's been giving me updates all morning and the status of the flight," she said.

Then the announcement everyone was waiting for: "For those of you awaiting the arrival of Flight 5334 from Atlanta that flight has taken off and should be in the Albany area at 11:20 AM."

Better late than not at all, 30-minutes later the A--A plane taxied to the gate, full of grateful passengers like Ted Anderson and his wife who'd been stranded in Atlanta for three days without luggage. "Our luggage went to Tallahassee," he said.

To add insult to injury, the hotel they struggled to get, raised their rates. "We could take it or leave it we could go out in the street or else we could pay them an extra $50 a day."

As they waited for word of their luggage they were just happy to be home, done with the travel nightmare they worried might stretch into the weekend.

Another flight came and went about 4:00, a sign that air traffic appears to be getting back to normal. The airline is still encouraging passengers to check their flights status before they go to the airport You can find Delta's number when you read this story on our website.

In Valdosta their midday flight was canceled but their evening flights appear to be running, but are delayed. Airport officials say delays should be expected while the system gets back up to speed.

 
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