SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dec. 1, 2004–A busy holiday
travel season not only means the fun of family gatherings and
getaways, but can often also mean rough winter weather and some of the
lengthiest flight delays of the year for millions of travelers
throughout the United States. Inclement winter weather combined with
holiday travel crowds can be particularly challenging for business
travelers needing to adhere to an on-time schedule.
Rally Caparas, Eye On The Sky correspondent for Travelocity
Business(SM) and former FAA air traffic controller, offers vital tips
on helping business travelers during this busy time avoid the time
crunch of flight delays, airport congestion and missed flight
During winter, airport flight schedules often become more of a
wish list than a reliable guideline, so it’s more important than ever
to build a travel strategy, particularly for business travel. Because
of his experience as an FAA air traffic controller and traffic
management specialist, Caparas has access to key data from the FAA,
allowing him to deliver valuable, time-saving travel information as it
Some of this season’s top tips for avoiding flight delays during
the coming winter months include:
-- Contrary to the tactics for air travel during warm weather months, business travelers headed into cold weather airports between November 15 and March 15 should try to schedule flights to arrive between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time of their destination city. -- Arrival delays in these cities will regularly exceed two to three hours, as snow, sleet, and ice become major factors, especially throughout the Midwest and Northeast. -- Planning an arrival between these prescribed times allows for an arrival during the warmest times of the day at your destination, which may mean less effects from the freezing conditions and shorter delays. -- When flying out of the nation's major/hub airports throughout winter, expect 30 to 60 minute departure delays, as de-icing procedures become a daily routine at many cold weather locations. -- These delays will usually be absorbed while travelers are aboard the airplane, so expect takeoff wait times to be longer than normal. -- When flying during the winter months, expect the most runway closures and highest rate of cancelled flights, compared with any other time of year. -- These delays make it even more important to schedule flights during the warmest part of the day, decreasing your chances of a lengthy delay or cancellation. -- Be aware of likely delays and cancellations when scheduling meetings. Avoid scheduling important business near your planned arrival times.
As another corporate travel insider, Amy Ziff, Travelocity
Business’ travel pro, offers the following tips to make delays
-- Make a "To-Do" list of all of the things you need to accomplish when you arrive for your meetings or return to the office. Prioritize your list so you are ready to get to work when your plane lands. -- Lighten your reading stack. You know that delays are likely, so bring along that stack of papers that has been piling up on your desk. You finally have the time to read through them. -- Organize your contact list. Go through your Blackberry, cell phone or address book and cross out and delete old contacts and phone numbers. -- Catch up on your e-mails with wireless Internet access if it is available. If not, just go through your e-mail archive and read all those long documents clogging your inbox. -- Fill out your expense report. Having your expense report complete before returning to the office will give you one less responsibility when coming back for the new year.
For the latest on air traffic and flight delay updates before and
during travel, access Travelocity’s Eye on the Sky, Rally Caparas at
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