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December 27, 2010

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.

 

Posted by Michael Dresser at 10:25 AM | | Comments (1)
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This is a good news to passengers. I know how stressed and frustrated they were when their flights were canceled. Nature is really uncontrollable and it's really important to take precautions.

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About Michael Dresser
Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.
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