Blizzard Cancels Flights at Buffalo Airport

Passengers being offered options, says AAA

Tom Puckett
January 31, 2019 - 4:00 am

Buffalo Niagara International Airport. November 28, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) All flights were canceled Wednesday at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport as a result of the blizzard, leaving passengers seeking other alternatives.

"We are significantly impacted in Buffalo," says Bill Vanecek at the BNIA. He says when flights get canceled, it's tough for affected passengers to rebook. "Flights turn out to be full, so when a flight gets canceled, rebook early with your airline if you can."

Vanecek says weather isn't the only reason a flight can be canceled. "When pilots fly, they have x number of hours they can work in a day. If they're delayed too long, it's called timing out, and they're not allowed to fly. So they have to search for a new crew to come in," explains Vanecek.

Folks at AAA have been busy with affected passengers. "We're calling people offering options if their flights get canceled," says Angela Wawrzynek. "Everyone who was delayed today, they'll have to get on flights for when the airport opens again."

Wawrzynek hopes passengers took out travel insurance. "If you do have travel insurance, a lot of times you can file claims to recoup those funds. Airlines have lessened their restrictions in this case, so you're able to reschedule based on a certain time period and must be rebooked in that certain timeframe," says Wawrzynek.

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