VIENNA, Ohio (WKBN) – Weather conditions in Florida are affecting plans for some local travelers.
Both inbound and outbound flights on Allegiant Airlines from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport to the Orlando Sanford International Airport are canceled.
Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport Director of Aviation Dan Dickten said poor visibility and fog is the reason for the cancellations. The next flight from Sanford to Youngstown isn’t until Monday, according to Allegiant’s website.
“Low visibility — heavy fog,” Dickten said. “That caused a lot of the aircraft’s that had departed Sanford not to be able to get back. They had to sit and wait for the fog — that didn’t clear until 10 this morning.”
About 166 passengers set to board the flight got a text Wednesday morning telling them it had been canceled.
“However, now they’re busy back filling the people they missed the day before — trying to get them serviced and back to their original destinations,” Dickten said.
Allegiant has offered $100 and $150 vouchers to many of its passengers affected by the cancellations.
“Why would I use this? This is a joke!” Bryan Young said.
But it wasn’t enough for some passengers at the airport who decided to rent a car and drive to their destinations..
“For Youngstown — you can either try and re-book something or go home and come back and re-book another time,” said Hilarie Grey, an Allegiant Airlines spokesperson. “But there’s plenty of money in your account.”
Allegiant is working to move around planes and crews so they can return to normal operations.
“The ground service people are here at our airport,” Dickten said. “They are behind the ticket counter assisting people trying to re-book or book on a different airline. So hopefully get people home.”
For information on canceled flights, visit the Orlando Sanford International Airport’s website.