Arctic blast leads to holiday flight delays at Tampa International Airport

Posted at 1:09 PM, Dec 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-19 05:37:39-05

An Arctic blast blanketing much of the country is causing holiday flight issues in the Tampa Bay area.

Flights from New York City, Chicago and other parts of the Northeast bound for Tampa experienced travel delays this weekend. Similarly extreme cold and snowy weather conditions across the Northern Plains have contributed to departure delays at Tampa International Airport.

An estimated 6 million Americans are planning to fly to their holiday destinations, according to AAA.

Like airports all across the country, TIA and airline employees there are coping with delays and cancelations due to the weather.   

However, some delays require longer waits than others.

For example, a Chicago bound flight scheduled to depart Tampa at 5:50 a.m. Sunday was delayed until 6 p.m.

To make holiday travel as seamless as possible, airport officials encourage passengers to keep in touch with their airlines.

One good thing to know if you are delayed or your flight is canceled and you may want to make other flight arrangements. If so, check out the airlines app. You can possibly select a new route and check to see if any seats on the flight are available.