RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Officials with the Richmond International Airport are urging travelers to check their flight status because of the winter storm.
As of 10 p.m., RIC reported 60 cancellations between Richmond and North Eastern cities — roughly 40 percent of all scheduled flights for Tuesday. They said that number is likely to rise as big airports in Chicago and New York are hit by the storm.
Some travelers told 8New they were flying out Monday to avoid getting stuck.
“I couldn’t get a flight out until Thursday morning,” traveler Kevin Child told 8News. “So plan B.”
Child was in Washington D.C. Monday morning when he found out his flight home was canceled. So, he had to completely change his travel plans.
“I rented a car and drove down to get on a plane to go to Vegas,” Child said.
Other travelers flying south had similar stories.
“We were originally supposed to fly out Wednesday,” said traveler Thalia Green.
Thalia Green had planned to fly from Baltimore to Orlando so she can catch a cruise to the Bahamas.
“They actually sent an email saying it was canceled,” Green said. “So we had to make other arrangements so we could get here.”
The snow storm forced her to leave a few days early.
“We were rushing and we were kind of all over the place trying to make sure we could get things together,” Green said.
Richmond International Airport officials are encouraging everyone to plan ahead.
“No one likes being stuck in the airport,” airport spokesperson Troy Bell said. “So the first thing, if you check the status of your flight, you may avoid that all together. But if you come in and there’s a bit of a delay, make sure your devices are charged, carry a good book, be patient.”
They are also urging travelers to be mindful of local road conditions.
“Sometimes the easiest part of the trip is at your house and at the airport,” Bell said. “It’s the in between part traveling from home to the airport that you should be most concerned.”
Airport officials said they will be monitoring the storms. If they do need to pre-treat the runways or scrape away snow, they have the equipment on hand to do so.
Travelers can check their flight status on their website.