Winter Storms From the East Could Affect San Jose Flights

Even though Friday's storm moved swiftly across the East Coast, Bay Area travelers were being warned to prepare in case of delays at area airports this weekend.

``It looks like the storm is moving fast,'' said Rich Dressler, spokesman for Mineta San Jose International Airport. ``But passengers should always call their airline ahead of time to ask. Even though you may be flying to Hawaii, if you're on a flight that's coming in from the East, it might be impacted because of the weather back there.''

On Friday, flights were running on time out of San Jose, but San Francisco International reported delays up to 1 1/2 hours, spokesman Mike McCarron said, and Oakland International had a Southwest Airlines flight to Chicago's Midway Airport canceled, according to spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.

Barnes also said a JetBlue flight to Boston, scheduled to depart at 10:05 a.m. Friday, was reporting a delay of several hours because of bad weather.

Snow and freezing rain in the East slowed air traffic at a number of airports. Boston's Logan had delays of almost six hours, while flights at New York's LaGuardia were behind by more than two hours. Midway, Philadelphia and Newark Liberty International reported delays of about an hour.

San Jose Mercury News

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