The winter storm left many would-be travelers stranded in the Triangle and trying to make alternate plans.
Most flights that had been scheduled Friday and Saturday at Raleigh-Durham International Airport had already been canceled by 7:30 a.m. And news of even more cancellations rolled in throughout the day, bringing the number of canceled arrivals and departures to about 400.
Jet Blue, Southwest and United canceled every flight until Sunday morning at the earliest, according to RDU. A handful of Delta and Allegiant flights were still scheduled as of noon Friday.
“Passengers with travel plans over the next several days should contact their airline to determine the status of their flight and to make alternative arrangements,” airport officials said in a press release.
More information can be found at the airline websites or www.rdu.com. Officials have also been sending out updates and responding to peoples’ questions on Twitter.
Many would-be travelers vented their frustration on social media. But not everyone was upset to have their flight scrubbed.
Adam Eshbaugh of Apex is in Florida with colleagues from 919 Beer, who work with the local craft beer industry. They left earlier this week on a brewery trip, and Eshbaugh’s family came along to go to Disney World.
Their flight was canceled Friday and moved to Monday, he said.
“This cancellation couldn’t have come at a better time,” Eshbaugh said by phone. “I headed to a brewery, extended the kids’ park passes, and we’ll just watch the Panthers game down here and then come back home.”
And while some may be stuck elsewhere, RDU officials said few were stuck at the airport.
“Since RDU is not a hub, we rarely experience people getting ‘stuck’ or having to overnight at the airport,” said spokesman Andrew Sawyer. “Most people begin or end their trip at RDU, so they can either return home or make their way to a final destination. In the case that they cannot, our Guest Services staff works with them to find alternative transportation or lodging. Very few requests for assistance have been received today.”
Those traveling by Greyhound bus or Amtrak train will face fewer hurdles, although some routes have been canceled or put on modified schedules.
Several trains between the Northeast and Florida and Georgia have been canceled, including the Silver Star, Palmetto and Silver Meteor. Within the state, some Piedmont and Carolinian routes are also running on modified schedules.
For those traveling to the Northeast, where the winter storm is expected to hit hard, Amtrak said Friday that it’s attempting to keep service running continuously – although some trains may have to use a modified schedule. For more information, visit blog.amtrak.com.
For bus travelers, Greyhound is announcing cancellations or delays at www.greyhound.com, although no Triangle routes had been affected as of Friday morning.
The only North Carolina delays or cancellations announced were a route between Fayetteville and Richmond, Va., a route between Charlotte and Richmond and a route between Charlotte and Columbus, Ohio.