Flights Resume at Hopkins Airport
CLEVELAND, Ohio — As expected, flights at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport resumed on Tuesday after high winds forced every airline to cancel all flights.
According to Spokesperson Jackie Mayo, the airport did not sustain much damage, but a leaking skylight forced the closure of Security Checkpoint B.
Repairs were needed to ensure the window would not come crashing down.
Travelers were being directed to checkpoints A and C until B reopens at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Flights to the East Coast were still canceled.
Air travelers are encouraged to contact their airlines directly or check the airport website for flight status.
United began operations at 3 p.m. and other airlines had a few departures as well.
The cancellations are due to high winds and rain associated with Hurricane Sandy. Customers should check with their airlines for any canceled arriving flights.
By Monday afternoon, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport resembled a ghost town.
“I started at Charlotte and went to Cleveland of course. I’m on my way to Erie, but they cancelled the flight so I’m waiting for someone to pick me up,” said Rita Furno.
“At first they cancelled my flight yesterday, and I went through a lot of things just to make it happen again, and then I come here today again and they cancelled every flight, the only flight that left from here was Vegas, there’s nothing happening here today,” said Jonathan Gullen, who was trying to fly to Paris, France.
“It has a lot to do with what’s going on the East Coast, what we have going on here locally, and it’s just the perfect storm, it’s the perfect storm,” said Mayo.
Mayo said it’s rare for all flights at Hopkins to be cancelled at one time, even during winter storms.
“We have this driving rain that we have going and then we have winds that are going to be gusting up to almost 80 miles an hour and sustaining somewhere between 35 to 40 miles an hour,” Mayo said.
“They put me on a flight to Denver into here, so then I come here and look up and all the flights are cancelled, I said ‘man, you gotta be joking with me’ and it was pretty turbulent coming in here because the plane was shaking and everybody said ‘uh oh,” said Darrell Hunter, who was flying from California to Erie, Pa., to visit his mother.
Like many travelers, he knew the storm was headed for the East Coast, but thought he’d be fine getting to Cleveland.
“I knew it was going up the coast, but I just assumed that well, I’m going to Cleveland, that’s you know 600 miles from New York, why would that affect here, no I didn’t even give it a second thought. I was actually surprised,” Hunter said.
“I’m going west, so I thought I’d be able to get out, get west, but I’m visiting my mom. She’s up in years and I probably should have left yesterday, but c’est la vie,” said Eric Keller.
Airport officials suggest travelers contact their airlines before trying to fly out Tuesday afternoon.
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Most flights in and out of Akron Canton Airport are still on schedule for Monday, with the exception of east coast flights to New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.