SOUTHLAKE, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 16, 2005–As U.S.
travelers recover from a turbulent hurricane season, they will once
again be challenged as the upcoming busy holiday season and
potentially rough winter weather could cause some of the lengthiest
flight delays of the year.
Inclement winter weather combined with holiday travel crowds can
be difficult for any traveler, but particularly for business travelers
needing to adhere to a strict timetable. According to the 2005
Farmer’s Almanac, weather predictions for this year’s U.S. winter air
-- Initially milder temperatures and weather in the East, with the bulk of the winter turning out to be unusually cold with plenty of snow, especially in the northern sections. -- Overall warmer winter in the western U.S., but with a fair share of snow and cold periods in the country's midsections.
Travelocity Business(SM) Eye on the Sky correspondent and former
FAA air traffic controller, Rally Caparas, offers valuable tips to
help business travelers avoid problematic flight delays, excessive
airport congestion and missed flight connections during this busy
“While flight delays certainly occur all year long, winter weather
can increase the likelihood of delays throughout the country,” said
Caparas. “It’s important that everyone, and especially business
travelers who are on tight schedules, be aware of potential delay
situations at both their departure and arrival airports.”
During winter, airport flight schedules often become more of a
wish list than a reliable guideline, so it’s important to build a
travel strategy. Caparas is able to deliver valuable and time-saving
travel information by leveraging key data from the FAA combined with
his own experience and insight. Some of his top tips include:
-- Air travelers headed into a cold weather airport between November 15th and March 15th should try to schedule their flights to arrive between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. local time at their destination city, which is typically the warmest period of the day and should translate into shorter delays and less effects from freezing conditions. -- As snow, sleet and ice become major factors, arrival delays at these airports will regularly exceed two to three hours, especially throughout the Midwest and Northeast. -- De-icing procedures will become a daily routine at cold weather locations. The delays will usually occur after boarding the plane, so expect time spent on the airplane to be longer than anticipated. -- De-icing at traditionally warmer weather cities, such as Los Angeles, Orlando and Houston, will usually result in delays of an additional 30-60 minutes.
More runway closures take place during the winter season as runway
snow removal and surface treatments are often needed on a daily basis.
As a result, travelers will be forced to deal with a higher rate of
not only delays, but also canceled flights.
-- Business travelers should be aware of likely delays and cancellations when scheduling meetings and avoid scheduling important business near planned arrival times. Travelocity Business will advise travelers of flight cancellations and runway closures daily through www.travelocitybusiness.com/eos. -- Regardless of the season, certain runway configurations are not conducive to strong, gusting winds. These airports include, but are not limited to: Newark, LaGuardia and Chicago O'Hare. -- When flying out of the nation's major hub airports during the wintry months, expect 30-60 minute departure delays to be very common, pointing to the potential benefit of alternate airports.
“Whenever possible, travelers should use alternate airports, which
typically experience shorter and fewer delays,” said Caparas. “Some of
the nation’s busiest cities like Chicago, New York and Washington D.C.
offer great options for travelers who can fly into or out of the
smaller, sometimes less crowded airports in these markets.”
According to Caparas, Chicago’s Midway airport can be a better
option than O’Hare; New York’s JFK is sometimes better than Newark or
LaGuardia; and Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington near
Washington D.C. can offer alternatives to Washington-Dulles and
— According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the top
10 airports with the highest volume of travelers as of July
2005 are as follows:
1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta (ATL) 6. Las Vegas McCarran (LAS) 2. Chicago O'Hare (ORD) 7. Phoenix Sky Harbor (PHX) 3. Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) 8. Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) 4. Los Angeles International (LAX) 9. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County (DTW) 5. Denver (DEN) 10. Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH)
For the latest on airport conditions and airline schedule delays
nationwide, access Travelocity Business’ Eye on the Sky, Rally
Caparas, at www.travelocitybusiness.com/eos. Caparas also provides a
full report, available toll free via telephone, at 1-877-FLYTIPS,
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