Severe Weather Conditions Delay Flights


PANAMA CITY BEACH - Millions of people are packing airports across the nation on what is considered the busiest travel day of the year, but severe weather conditions are causing delays, and Northwest Florida Beaches International is not immune.

Bad weather conditions are the biggest fear for millions of people flying home for Thanksgiving, but that's not stopping people from flying out of Northwest Florida Beaches International.

Most have to connect to major airports to get to their final destination.

"We're kind of hoping our flight originates in Atlanta to go to San Diego and we're not relying that it's coming from the Northeast especially," said Mark Baesel, a traveler. "We're hoping and praying for a smooth flight, uneventful, especially with a five year old and a two year old."

Airport officials say delays are normal for the busy holiday season.

"This happens to be a big travel week with a lot of people traveling between now and returning on Sunday or Monday, but that's part of the business and that's what we prepare for every year," said Parker McClellan, Executive Director of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport.

Some local residents waiting for family and friends sat counting the minutes until their loved ones came home.

"I just hope I have the patience to last that long because 4 hours is a long time to wait," said Lisa Massey, a Bay County resident.

Airport officials say to check your airline's schedule for any changes so that you won't be stuck waiting.

A total of about 43 million people are expected to travel, with a majority of them driving. More than 3 million people will fly.


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