ATLANTA (AP) — The remnants of a pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept through Georgia didn't appear to be causing major delays Wednesday on highways and airport runways as travelers headed to holiday destinations.
Despite winds that were whipping up gusts of 37 mph around noon Wednesday, most flights were arriving and departing with no major delays at Atlanta's airport, the world's busiest. Several flights to and from Philadelphia and metro New York's three major airports were delayed, the airport's flight monitors showed.
For the first time this fall, crews had to de-ice jets in the early morning hours, which caused departing planes to be delayed by 20 to 40 minutes, said Louis Miller, aviation general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. But things were moving well by late in the morning and no major problems were expected the rest of the day, Miller said.
Wednesday was expected to be the second-busiest day for Hartsfield-Jackson International, with Sunday projected to be the busiest of the Thanksgiving holiday period, Miller said.
At the airport, traveler Andrea Aguilera, 35, arrived from Los Angles to spend Thanksgiving with loved ones.
She had to reschedule her flight because she booked it for the week before, thinking that was Thanksgiving.
"So I had to take a red-eye last night which is such a challenging way to travel, trying to sleep on the plane. And getting in here so early that no one's around to pick you up," Aguilera said. "So I feel like it's just all part of the crazy holiday travel. You just do what you have to do to get home."