Flights Almost Back To Normal After Hurricane Matthew
PHOTO: Pitt-Greenville Airport in North Carolina is expected to be closed for a week due to flooding from Hurricane Matthew. (Courtesy Pitt-Greenville Airport)
Airline travel was almost back to normal on Monday as Hurricane Matthew headed out to sea.
As of Noon, only 76 flights were canceled in the United States on Monday. That compares to more than 1,900 on Friday, 750 or so on Saturday and 350 on Sunday.
Of those 76 cancellations, no airport had more than nine flights canceled, and the two with nine – Nantucket Memorial and Boston Logan – were suffering from high winds.
At least one airport suffered more than others, however. Pitt-Greenville Airport, a small regional facility in eastern North Carolina, shut down at 4 p.m. on Sunday and is expected to remain closed for the entire week due to the overwhelming rains to hit the state.
"We expect runway access at the airport will go underwater some time (Sunday night) or (Monday) morning," airport Executive Director Betty Stansbury told the Greenville Reflector on Sunday. "We expect Memorial (Drive) just north of the airport at the Tar River will go under water sometime tonight or early tomorrow. Portions of the airfield will go under water as well."
The airport has evacuated about 60 aircraft from the facility, Stansbury said.
The facility is dominated by American Airlines, which flies regional planes to its hub in Charlotte.
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