Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Some Travel At Port Columbus

East Coast flights to and from Port Columbus are being cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU)
East Coast flights to and from Port Columbus are being cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy.(Photo: Mandie Trimble, WOSU)

High winds and the season’s first snowfall are expected overnight as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast. The severe weather has affected flights all over the country. WOSU talked with travelers at Port Columbus this Monday afternoon.

Many travelers at Port Columbus were headed away from the East Coast and the hurricane dubbed Frankenstorm. And most of their flights were “on-time.”

But that has not been the case for everyone.

Barbara Cooper and her husband’s mini-vacation in Washington, D.C. was cut short after flights were cancelled during the weekend.

“So we rented a car and drove from Washington, D.C. to Columbus and hopefully we’ll get on a flight, before the other weather comes in, to get home,” Cooper laughed.

Mark Green has been trying to get back to Prince Edward Island, Canada since yesterday. Green’s morning flight was cancelled. And even if his afternoon flight leaves on-time, Green still will not arrive at his destination.

“Normally I’d be able to get into Charlottetown, but just with all flights cancelled and everything else I can’t get that close. So it’s just a three hour drive ahead of me,” Green said.

The storm has caused some people to be perhaps more cognizant of their flight status.

American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman feared the bad weather would prevent her from getting to a Wednesday performance.

“Fortunately the Lufthansa Continental have re-routed be over Houston instead of over Dulles in Washington. So I’m hoping I’ll get back to Germany today,” she said.

More than half of Dayton International Airport flights Monday are canceled. Flights have also been canceled at airports in Cleveland and the Cincinnati region.

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