MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - A day after severe weather caused delays and cancellations across the country, South Florida airports are working to get back on track in the middle of the holiday season.
Flights finally began getting off the ground after Thursday’s wicked weather.
7News cameras captured travelers doing curbside check-in at Miami International Airport, Friday afternoon.
“We’re traveling to Tennessee,” said a woman.
This traveler said her check-in process has gone off without any tie-ups.
“Things are finally running on time. It’s great,” she said.
“It seems to be smooth so far,” said MIA traveler Elias Farhat.
Earlier on Friday, local airports worked to just get back on track after weather scares caused delays across the country
“It’s a ripple effect, so it kind of impacts the whole system nationwide,” said Greg Chin, the communications director at Miami International Airport.
Some flights were diverted Thursday, leaving passengers having to find other options.
“Got rerouted to Orlando, and then we had to take a five-hour ride from Orlando here to Miami this morning, but it was good,” said traveler Cherisa Samuel.
Passengers like Farhat, who is heading to Boston, said they’re glad those worries are now over.
“We expected it to be worse, but so far, so good,” he said.
However, despite the planes finally getting into the air, the airports are not free of headaches.
A car fire at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport added to delays.
At FLL alone, they’re expecting 1.7 million travelers to pass through the terminals in the next two weeks, and the rush can be pricey.
“It’s expensive, and it’s a lot of people,” said a woman at FLL.
“I just flew in from out of the country, so I’m just hoping nothing’s cancelled right now,” said a man.
But most said it’s all worth it.
“The most wonderful season,” said Deidamia Rodriguez, who is traveling out of MIA. “A lot of fun, a lot of family getting together.”
“I’m excited to spend time with my family. Twenty-five of us are getting together and spending time in cabin,” said the Tennessee-bound traveler. “We’re all really excited to have some time together finally.”
So far at MIA, there has only been one cancellation. However, FLL reported 209 delays and two cancellations Friday afternoon. Travelers are advised to check with their airline before heading to the airport.
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