Jetliners are de-iced before take-off from Cleveland Hopkins Airport in Cleveland, as a dusting of wintry snow delayed flights.
(Photo: J. David Ake AP)
Tampa, Florida - It's been a frustrating few days for passengers all over the country, including Tampa International Airport.
TIA is reporting a higher-than-normal number of flights delayed due to winter storms in the Northeast and Great Lakes region.
On Thursday at TIA, there were 183 reported delays, including 79 departures averaging 58 minutes and 104 arrivals averaging 60 minutes.
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Jay Cappoli was traveling from Newark. "It was chaos there. Lots of frustrated people. I'm glad to be home."
Departures en route to New York City's JFK airport averaged five hours due to snow and icy weather. Also, 23 cancelled flights were reported.
One family from Rochester was so frustrated that they purchased new tickets altogether to get home.
Bob Gitlin told us, "They cancelled everything. My wife said, 'This is just one of those things that happens.' We just wanted to get home."
Other travelers were delayed hours at a time. However, they tell us their love for Tampa's airport made it a bit easier. "This is a phenomenal airport. We can even go shopping here," one man said. "It's not so bad."
Most travelers were headed to the East Coast. The delays are expected to last throughout Friday, said airport officials.
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