Flight delays minimal at Sea-Tac Friday despite storm in the East

Staff writerJanuary 3, 2014 

Only a handful of flights destined for snowy airports in the Upper Midwest and Northeast were cancelled or significantly delayed Friday at Sea-Tac Airport.

One flight each to Philadelphia, Chicago and New York was cancelled Friday morning and a few others suffered significant delays because of the storm that swept through the area Thursday and Friday morning.

Because the flying time to the East Coast from Seattle is typically five hours or more, most airlines expect conditions to be greatly improved once their aircraft arrive at their destination airports.

The storm that dumped as much as 20 inches of snow on New England Thursday brought the cancellation of some 1,800 flight Thursday at those affected airports.

Only one of five non-stop flights from Sea-Tac to Boston Thursday flew as scheduled, but the situation was much improved Friday.

In Chicago Thursday, aircraft arriving at Midway Airport in many cases were forced to wait on the tarmac for three hours or more to secure a gate for deplaning.  That forced some passengers, tired from the waiting, to go home rather than wait additional time for their bags to arrive at the baggage carousels.  They returned Friday morning to retrieve that luggage.




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