More Flight Cancellations Expected At JIA As Winter Storm Bears Down On First Coast

Jan 3, 2018

Jacksonville International Airport officials are asking travelers to call airlines before showing up for flights Wednesday.

The cold weather has cancelled more than 40 incoming and departing flights between last night and Wednesday morning and airport spokesman Michael Stewart said more are expected.

Although severe cold weather is uncommon in Northeast Florida, Stewart said the airport is prepared.

“These are challenges, but we’re up for the challenge. There are obviously other airports that deal with much more severe weather than what we’re experiencing now,” he said. “So, it’s just a matter of preparing for it and putting the plan in place.”

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He said that plan involves keeping runways clear of ice and sleet and helping airlines with de-icing planes — that’s to prevent ice build-up on the wings or other parts of the plane that can alter how it flies.

According to Stewart, at least 1 plane needed to undergo the de-icing process as of 11 this morning.  

Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at rbenk@wjct.org, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter @RyanMichaelBenk