Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fog Puts Holiday on Hold More Than 20 Flights Affected

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fog Puts Holiday on Hold More Than 20 Flights Affected

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Hundreds of travelers waited for hours last night at the

Jacksonville International Airport to reschedule trips after

thick fog rolled into the area, causing airlines to cancel more

than 20 flights.

"The fog has fallen and the aircrafts are routed to other

airports," said Neal Ganzel Jr., airport spokesman. He said he

didn't know the exact number of flights or travelers affected.

Airlines began delaying and canceling flights about 6 p.m.

because of the fog, expected to lift this morning. Some flights

were rerouted to Orlando and Charlotte, N.C.

"It's the one thing that can shut down the airport," Ganzel

said.

Throughout the airport, terminal monitors listing the status of

flights mostly read, "DELAYED."

US Airways canceled eight of its Jacksonville flights and

provided many travelers with lodging. One flight was diverted to

Orlando and the passengers were bused to Jacksonville. Another

was diverted to Charlotte.

The airline told the stranded to return at least an hour before

their flights today, check the weather and enjoy breakfast on

the airline.

David Castelveter, a spokesman for US Airways, said part of the

problem was flights from Boston, Providence, R.I., and Hartford,

Conn., were delayed because of heavy snow.

American Airlines diverted one flight headed for Jacksonville

to Orlando because of the fog. The 96 passengers were bused from

there to Jacksonville last night, a spokesman said.

Two other American Airlines flights were delayed, complicated

by bad weather in Dallas.

Delta canceled 10 flights. Three were to depart from

Jacksonville, headed for Atlanta and Dallas. The other seven

were to arrive from Atlanta, Cincinnati and Dallas.

Kathleen Bergen, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation

Administration, said the Jacksonville airport requires at least

a half-mile of visibility for planes to land. At 7:30 p.m.,

there was only a quarter-mile visibility. …

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