Sat, Sep 20, 2003
Hurricane Plays Havoc With Commercial, Charter And GA
The FAA is scrambling to get the nation's air traffic system
back in order after a much-weakened but still potent Hurricane
Isabel ground ashore Thursday. The storm shut down airports from
Raleigh (NC) to San Francisco (CA) in a ripple effect that was
still very much in play on Friday.
"I get the sense we're going to be doing a lot better today than
yesterday, but we're still going to be seeing the ripple effects of
this throughout the country," Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman Laura Brown said Friday morning. More than 5,700
flights were cancelled Thursday because of the storm.
Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta said some 20 airports were
Reagan National Airport was closed after flooding and
hurricane-driven debris littered the runway. Baltimore Washington
International was shut down for the worst of the storm. It's
reopening was delayed even further because of the massive power
outages that accompanied the storm.
"Our message is: Don't come to the airport without checking with
your airline first," said Tara Hamilton, a spokeswoman for the
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
So how do you get from here to there? Don't look at Amtrak.
Trains were shut down from Chicago to Miami and at all points in
between as officials checked the rails for storm damage.
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