McGhee Tyson air travelers prepare for busy travel day

McGhee Tyson air travelers prepare for busy travel day as winter storm looms

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While those planning to travel on Wednesday are nervously waiting to see just what mother nature will do, those who chose to fly a day early are breathing a sigh of relief. While those planning to travel on Wednesday are nervously waiting to see just what mother nature will do, those who chose to fly a day early are breathing a sigh of relief.
"There were a lot of predictions of bad weather, but I decided that whatever happened if I left late, then I left late," said Lisa Minkoff. "There were a lot of predictions of bad weather, but I decided that whatever happened if I left late, then I left late," said Lisa Minkoff.
Several flights were already delayed by late Tuesday morning and more are expected Wednesday. Several flights were already delayed by late Tuesday morning and more are expected Wednesday.
"If inclement weather does hit the area, our operations team will respond by clearing out all the runways and taxiways so that all planes can take off and land safely," said Caitlin Newman, PR Specialist at McGhee Tyson. "If inclement weather does hit the area, our operations team will respond by clearing out all the runways and taxiways so that all planes can take off and land safely," said Caitlin Newman, PR Specialist at McGhee Tyson.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A winter storm is forecasted to arrive just in time for one of the busiest travel days of the holiday season and officials are warning of possible delays at McGhee Tyson Airport.

While those planning to travel on Wednesday are nervously waiting to see just what mother nature will do, those who chose to fly a day early are breathing a sigh of relief.

"Glad to be here," said Lisa Minkoff.

It was a close call for Minkoff. She flew in from Dallas where on Monday more than 300 flights were canceled due to the winter storm.

"There were a lot of predictions of bad weather, but I decided that whatever happened if I left late, then I left late," said Minkoff. "If I got here and my parents couldn't pick me up, then I'd stay in a hotel."

Those concerns weren't just in the air; Lisa's parents had worries of their own driving to McGhee Tyson.

"It was sleeting, and there was ice on our deck this morning when we first got up," said Lisa's father Bob Jones. "We were concerned about getting here from Crossville because it was very foggy and rained hard all the way."

Fortunately, they all made it to the airport and will hopefully make it home before the storm hits. Others making the journey home for thanksgiving may not be as lucky.

"We are anticipating inclement weather, and if inclement weather does hit the area, our operations team will respond by clearing out all the runways and taxiways so that all planes can take off and land safely," said Caitlin Newman, PR Specialist at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Several flights were already delayed by late Tuesday morning and more are expected Wednesday. As a result, airlines like Delta, United and U.S. Airways are offering to waive their "change flight" fee's on flights to and from destinations affected by the storm.

Newman also urged travelers to check the status of their flights before heading to the airport. You can do so by clicking here.

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