Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport Seeing Minor Problems

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

Thursday, December 15, 2005

There are some problems to report at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport due to Thursday's snowstorm.

Details on flights leaving the airport are varied.

Officials with the airport say all flights departing Charlottesville are scheduled to leave on time, but most flights arriving in Charlottesville are cancelled. The conditions here in Charlottesville are not as bad as in other cities, so airlines are taking precautions when it comes to departures elsewhere.

"We have had some cancellations this morning, but most of those cancellations are due to weather in other destinations. We have not had any cancellations and/or delays due to weather in Charlottesville," said Beth Hutchinson, with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Airport.

"I'm a little disappointed because I only have about three days down there. I was hoping to spend a half day in the park, but now I probably won't get there until the evening time," said Carolyn Wilson, a passenger delayed for her flight to Orlando.

Airport officials also add that keeping the runway clear is their priority, as well as keeping scheduled flights safe. Generally speaking, flights will be okay, so long as they can keep snow off the runway. However, the runway can be closed for a few minutes at a time. All and all, operations should run smoothly.

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