|Published:||Dec 26, 2010 3:08 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 26, 2010 12:25 AM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Many travelers suffered through holiday headaches at Southwest Florida International Airport on Christmas, thanks to a number of delays and cancellations.
Most of the problems stem from hundreds of flights that were canceled out of Atlanta on Saturday.
It's the board of bad news for many flying out of RSW on Saturday.
"They actually told us it had been delayed for an hour, and then while we were sitting downstairs we noticed the board said it was canceled," said Milloni Chhavra, whose flight to Raleigh/Durham was canceled.
Delta was forced to cancel about 500 flights this Christmas due to weather-related issues, 300 of those at their Atlanta hub. It left a number of travelers on standby, or stranded altogether.
"At this point, it's frustrating," Toronto-bound Adrienne Goldner said Saturday.
Goldner's flight home was delayed three hours, making the airport her unexpected home for the holidays.
"I have a deck of cards, we can play cards. I have books," Goldner said.
A total of six flights, the majority to Atlanta, were canceled at Southwest Florida International. Meanwhile, those heading anywhere from New York City to Columbus, Ohio got comfy at RSW this Christmas, as they waited out delays.
"Half-an-hour delay. I can deal with that. A couple of years ago, it was a five hour delay," said Laura Culkin, who was traveling to visit family in New York this holiday.
Airlines are working to re-route those with canceled flights. But with another day of messy winter weather in the forecast, travelers say they're keeping fingers crossed this Christmas.
"I guess we are on the beach, so it could be worse, but we'd like to get home. Hopefully, tomorrow is a better day," Aman Chhavra said.
Delta Airlines is expecting similar delays and cancellations tomorrow. They advise checking directly with your airline for the status of your flight.
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