Travelers face flight delays, cancellations at Manchester Airport

Travel troubles continued Friday after severe weather in parts of the Northeast caused dozens of flight cancellations and delays the day before. Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport said other factors have contributed to the problems. Several travelers said they were frustrated by the problems.”We’re thinking right now maybe we just shouldn’t go at all,” said traveler Jere Ericson. “I mean, why go for a couple of days when you missed everything?”Other travelers told similar stories.”We were supposed to fly out today to get back to Norfolk, Virginia, around 5 pm tonight, and I’m just told that they don’t have any flights today, and I’m actually not going to get back home until tomorrow night,” said traveler Terry Batten. It’s not just flights that were affected by Thursday’s severe weather. William Brunet is flying to Norfolk, Virginia, with friends, and they planned to spend the weekend on another friend’s boat. But on their way to the airport, they learned that the boat got struck by lightning.”The boat has no electronics and no motor, so we’re looking into getting another boat now,” Brunet said. “We have all our reservations up and down Chesapeake Bay at different marinas.”Airport director Ted Kitchens said Thursday’s severe weather didn’t affect Manchester as much as Boston or other parts of the Northeast.”We had about a 12% cancellation rate at the airport,” he said. But by Friday, the effects of those cancellations and delays trickled over.”I think the system is trying to reset itself,” Kitchen said. He said another factor in the delays is the workforce shortage.”There’s a shortage of pilots out there and also cabin crew, so sometimes, these situations can be exacerbated because they don’t have enough resources,” Kitchens said.Kitchens said that because the issues might persist through the summer, it’s important for travelers to confirm their reservations and try to have patience.

Travel troubles continued Friday after severe weather in parts of the Northeast caused dozens of flight cancellations and delays the day before.

Officials at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport said other factors have contributed to the problems. Several travelers said they were frustrated by the problems.

“We’re thinking right now maybe we just shouldn’t go at all,” said traveler Jere Ericson. “I mean, why go for a couple of days when you missed everything?”

Other travelers told similar stories.

“We were supposed to fly out today to get back to Norfolk, Virginia, around 5 pm tonight, and I’m just told that they don’t have any flights today, and I’m actually not going to get back home until tomorrow night,” said traveler Terry Batten.

It’s not just flights that were affected by Thursday’s severe weather. William Brunet is flying to Norfolk, Virginia, with friends, and they planned to spend the weekend on another friend’s boat. But on their way to the airport, they learned that the boat got struck by lightning.

“The boat has no electronics and no motor, so we’re looking into getting another boat now,” Brunet said. “We have all our reservations up and down Chesapeake Bay at different marinas.”

Airport director Ted Kitchens said Thursday’s severe weather didn’t affect Manchester as much as Boston or other parts of the Northeast.

“We had about a 12% cancellation rate at the airport,” he said.

But by Friday, the effects of those cancellations and delays trickled over.

“I think the system is trying to reset itself,” Kitchen said.

He said another factor in the delays is the workforce shortage.

“There’s a shortage of pilots out there and also cabin crew, so sometimes, these situations can be exacerbated because they don’t have enough resources,” Kitchens said.

Kitchens said that because the issues might persist through the summer, it’s important for travelers to confirm their reservations and try to have patience.

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