Albany travelers scramble to get out of harm's way

January 18, 2019 04:39 PM

It was the proverbial calm before the storm at Albany International Airport on Thursday. There were quite a few folks who were looking forward to getting out of dodge.

Some good news for travelers, the ticket counter activity inside the passenger terminal seemed normal. Arrivals and departures were "on time".


Our crews didn't see any flight delays or cancellations. We did see mirthful, fortuitous people heading out to warm, tropical places.

A few less-than-satisfied souls went the opposite way. They were returning to the Capital Region on the eve of the big storm.

The Bass family from East Greenbush had been looking forward to their Disney World vacation this holiday weekend since last spring.

Originally, they were supposed to leave on Sunday afternoon, but when they saw the forecast, their departure was moved up to Friday.

"We got stuck in Florida last in 2017 because of a tornado there and the time before that in '15 we got stuck because there was snow here," said Julianne Bass.

"Tough choice. I mean, I would rather play in the snow but in the sand, you're in the warm weather," said Logan Bass.

"My hope is that they cancel our Monday flight and that we can't come back and we're stuck in Florida," joked Melissa Mirable of Guilderland, another traveler.

Albany International Airport plans to stay open during the storm, but individual airlines could choose to cancel flights. Meanwhile, Amtrak is modifying service in the Northeast and Midwest in light of the storm. Passengers are advised to check on the status of their trains throughout the weekend.

MORE INFORMATION: Albany International Airport: Arrivals and Departures | Amtrak service alerts


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