Travelers trying to make it out of Albany International Airport were faced with cancellations and delays because of the storm. Erin Connolly talked to people whose vacation plans had to be put on hold.
COLONIE, N.Y. -- Long lines greeted people trying to fly out of Albany International Airport on Thursday.
So did flashing red cancelled signs on the flight board. More than 50 flights departing and arriving affected by this winter storm - many vacations delayed.
Airline traveler Lisa Snyder said, "How disappointed are you? I feel terrible. This was our first trip together. I was really excited, but what are you going to do?"
Airline traveler Nekkiia Brown said, "We're stuck here and they refuse to unrestricted the plane and refuse to call a manager for us to be here. We're stuck. We have nowhere to go.''
The majority of flights cancelled were destined for East Coast hubs such as Philadelphia, DC, Newark, Baltimore and Charlotte.
In fact, Southwest cancelled all departing flights from Albany after 9:50 in the morning.
Airline traveler Nicole Thompson said, "We are headed to Atlanta for a cheerleading competition. Our flight was supposed to leave at 11:30 and they cancelled it, so we decided to drive to Philadelphia to try to catch our connecting flight.
Making matters worse is the higher than normal passenger volume, many people looking to leave for winter break.
Five thousand passengers expected over the next couple of days.
Airline traveler Donna Winchell said, "Everyone wants to go on vacation and get some place where it's warmer, so hopefully we'll all get there.''
Round the clock operations have started as the airport snow team works to clear runways and de-ice planes, prepared for whatever weather heads our way.
Doug Myers, the Director of Public Affairs at Albany International Airport said, "Number one is safety. The weather is bad. The airlines make the decision not to fly and we have to go along with that.''
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