BWI gradually returning to normal
Flight operations at BWI Marshall Airport are gradually returning to normal after a weekend of flight cancellations because of conditions in other cities and unrealized fears of a major snowfall in Baltimore.
BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean said New York's airports are expected to remain closed until about 4 p.m. after that city was struck by a fierce snowstorm. Other hubs on the East Coast, including Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C., were also affected, he said.
Dean said Southwest Airlines, BWI's largest carrier, essentially suspended operations in Baltimore Sunday and kept its jets in other cities out of a concern they could be snowed in here. As it turned out, Baltimore received only minimal snow, and Southwest began to restore operations here about 9 a.m., he said.
Not all airlines followed Southwest's example, and some kept flying Sunday, Dean said, adding that at no point did the airport shut down.
Dean said there were long lines at some airline ticket counters this morning as passengers waited to rebook flights. But the spokesman said operations should be close to normal by this evening.