Saturday , May 25 2024

Busy End to the Thanksgiving Travel Weekend

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The Sunday after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year and the Fresno Airport is no exception<br /><br />&quot;After nine hours in the airport now it’s absolutely ridiculous,&quot; Alyssa Fountain said. <br /><br />Fountain’s 6 a.m. flight to Seattle was delayed multiple times. She says Alaska Airlines told her there was a mechanical problem with the plane and at one point stopped updating her. <br /><br />&quot;They are effectively lying to us and just not letting us leave by telling us it’s going to go out and not telling us when,&quot; a frustrated Fountain said. <br /><br />Today more than 3,000 U.S. Flights were delayed and more than 190 were canceled, according to Flightaware.com. Travel experts say the interconnected flight system can have a domino effect when something goes wrong. <br /><br />&quot;The load you’re going to see today is about 15% higher than you would see on a typical Sunday. So the patters are going to be a little bit different. First thing in the morning you will see a lot of flights and late in the day, because a lot of people want to spend as much time as they can with their family and friends,&quot; Michael Huerta with the FAA said. <br /><br />Some travelers say they got lucky this thanksgiving weekend. <br /><br />&quot;We had a really good experience. No problems flying out of Salt Lake City and so far no problems flying out of Fresno. We hope,&quot; Rhianna Riggs said. <br /><br />Others are concerned about how their trip will end. <br /><br />&quot;I have work tomorrow and I have a class I will have to take a failing grade for if I don’t get back on time,&quot; Fountain said. <br /><br />Fountain did eventually make it on a flight and landed in Seattle around 6:30 p.m. A full 12 hours after her flight was supposed to take off. <br /><br /></div>

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