Conditions returned to normal Monday at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport after a weekend snow and ice storm caused cancellations and travel delays.
Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said the next challenge for travelers will be dealing with delays from connecting flights at major hub airports on the East Coast affected by winter weather.
At Will Rogers, seven flights were canceled, and passengers faced minor delays of 15 to 20 minutes for several flights on Monday, Carney said.
“Things are going fairly well,” Carney said Monday afternoon. “We’re still experiencing some delays, but it’s just system-wide at this point.”
Carney said passengers should check with their airlines before coming to the airport Tuesday, especially if they are traveling to or through airports on the East Coast.
Will Rogers crews worked since Saturday night to keep the airport open, Carney said. Field maintenance crews try to keep at least one of the airport’s three runways clear and remove snow and ice from taxiways between the terminal and runways. Other maintenance crews cleared and salted sidewalks and roads through the airport, she said.
“We’re not anticipating any more precipitation overnight, and the runways are doing good,” Carney said Monday afternoon.
Carney said it may take some time for other airports affected by winter weather to clear their backlog of flights. Some parts of the East Coast received between 6 and 12 inches of snow Monday.
The online flight tracking website FlightAware publishes a “Misery Map” showing the top delays and cancellations across the country. It showed more than 3,000 cancellations by Monday afternoon, with another 8,400 flight delays. The United States typically has about 30,000 flights per day.
Washington-area airports Reagan National and Dulles International had the most canceled flights by Monday afternoon, along with Philadelphia International Airport, according to FlightAware.
“It has been a difficult travel season for many passengers,” Carney said. “It seems like as soon as they get through one storm and get back to normal, another one comes along and disrupts the system.”