Winter weather impacts S.C. flights

Lori Pruett of Myrtle Beach works on her laptop Wednesday at the Charleston International Airport. Pruett arrived at 6 a.m. for a 7:40 a.m. flight to Dallas. The flight was canceled because of bad weather and she was told she could leave on a 6 p.m. fligh

Diane Knich

Lorie Pruett left her home in Myrtle Beach at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday to get to Charleston International Airport in time for a 7:40 a.m. flight to Dallas.

But when she arrived, she learned that two flights had been canceled because of bad weather in Dallas. She was told she wouldn't be able to get a flight out until 6 p.m.

So she settled in at the airport with her laptop and tried to make the best possible use of about 12 hours. "You've got to do what you've got to do," she said. "Nobody can control the weather."

Passengers who plan to fly out of Charleston today, or pick up arriving passengers, should contact their airline before leaving home, Charleston County Aviation Authority spokeswoman Becky Beaman said. As blizzards, ice and other bad weather grip the Midwest, Northeast and other parts of the country, the impact on air travel can be felt around the country.

Today, flights on Delta Air Lines, which flies out of Charleston to Atlanta, Detroit and New York's LaGuardia Airport, are expected to run as scheduled, Beaman said.

US Airways flights to Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia and LaGuardia also are expected to depart on time.

United Airlines has canceled the first two flights of the day to Chicago, which were supposed to depart at 6:40 a.m. and noon, she said. But the 5:30 p.m. flight to Chicago will likely leave on time.

Bob Steane, who's from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, was headed Wednesday to Charlotte, then on to Toronto. His Charlotte flight was on time, and he had been told his connecting flight to Toronto would leave on time as well.

That was good news for Steane. On his way to Charleston two days ago, his flight to Atlanta was delayed, so he missed his connecting flight to Charleston. He had to spend the night in Atlanta.

On Wednesday, all three United Airlines departures to Chicago were canceled, Beaman said. And many flights to and from Detroit, Newark, N.J., and LaGuardia Airport also were canceled.