Hundreds stranded at OIA after several flights canceled

Severe storms, staff shortages and traffic left hundreds of people stranded at Orlando International Airport on Sunday. Multiple flights have been canceled throughout the weekend. “They told us our first flight is at nine,” said Minerva Olson, a Southwest Airlines passenger. Olson had intended to be in Las Vegas by Sunday night until her flight was cancelled. “They didn’t give us a note until 5 a.m. when we were already at the airport,” Olson said. “If we had known that earlier, we would have just booked another airline.” With the spring break season approaching, the OIA saw an estimate of more than 150,000 travelers through stations on Saturday. Passenger Amanda Romano said: “Half an hour before we were supposed to be on the plane it was suddenly canceled and we were broken college students trying to get back after spring break.” “Now we can’t get a flight until Wednesday halfway through the middle of our classes.” Some travelers were dealing with longer vacations than expected. “They haven’t had any flights at all on Saturday going to where I’m going and then the closest they’ll be at 9:52,” passenger Dale Moreland said. “I got here on Friday by taxi.” Some travelers are trying to find another way to get home. “Unfortunately they don’t have anything until Wednesday so I have to go to work so I’ll be driving,” said passenger Katie Charbo. “I’ve rented a car, got a hotel tonight and I’ll drive back.” Charbo will drive from Orlando to Pittsburgh on Monday. She said it was already a stressful and expensive travel experience. “I just spent an extra $600 on hotel reservations and rental cars plus $500 to get here and back,” said Sherbo. “I’ve never had this level of problems.” Passengers are advised to check with their airline directly for any updates about their flight. The airport expects to see busier days as Easter approaches. Orlando International says this spring break period should be busier than last year: 35% more people come through the airport, which serves more than seven million people during the two-month period.

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Severe storms, staff shortages and traffic left hundreds of people stranded at Orlando International Airport on Sunday. Multiple flights have been canceled throughout the weekend.

“They told us that the first flight we will get to is at nine o’clock [on Monday]said Southwest Airlines passenger Minerva Olson.

Olson was planning to be in Las Vegas by Sunday night until her flight was canceled.

“They didn’t even give us a note until five o’clock [Sunday] said Olson, which is the time we were already at the airport. If we had known this earlier, we would have just booked another airline.

With the spring vacation season in full swing, The OIA saw an estimate of more than 150,000 passengers passing through the stations on Saturday.

Half an hour ago we were supposed to get on the plane [our flight] “I canceled all of a sudden and we were college students trying to come back after spring break,” said passenger Amanda Romano. “Now we can’t get a ride until Wednesday halfway through the middle of our semesters.”

Some travelers were dealing with longer vacations than expected.

“They didn’t have any trips at all on Saturday going to where I’m going and then to the closest they’d have [Sunday night] “I got here on Friday by taxi,” said passenger Dale Moreland.

Some travelers are trying to find another way to get home.

“Unfortunately they don’t have anything until Wednesday so I have to go to work so I’ll be driving,” said passenger Katie Charbo. “I rented a car, got a hotel tonight and I’ll drive back.”

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Sharpo will drive from Orlando to Pittsburgh on Monday. She said it was already a stressful and expensive travel experience.

“I just spent an extra $600 on hotel reservations and rental cars plus $500 to get here and back,” said Sherbo. “I’ve never had this level of a problem.”

Passengers are advised to check with their airline directly for any updates regarding their flight. The airport expects to see busier days as Easter approaches.

Orlando International says this spring break period should be busier than last year: 35% more people come through the airport, which serves more than seven million people during the two-month period.

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