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Winter Blast Causing Problems at Boston's Logan Airport



    Winter blast causing problems at Boston's Logan Airport

    More than 200 flights out of Boston have been cancelled so far (Published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - A winter blast heading to New England is just one reason why Boston's Logan Airport will be a mess this week.

    Unless you're leaving Wednesday night, it'll be tough to get some place warm come daybreak Thursday.

    The words are in red, nine painful letters you don't want to see printed next to your flight number: Cancelled.

    But with a winter storm already crushing the South and chugging up the East Coast to New England, air travel problems are just beginning again.

    Wednesday night at Logan Airport seemed the best time to leave the cold and head to the warmth.

    "We had the flight tonight. We were just lucky. Hopefully. We're not out yet," said Julie Ruhland.

    "I'm used to the snow. I grew up in Minnesota so I'm not afraid of snow, but I get sick of it pretty quickly. So, I'm happy to go south," said Mike Ruhland.

    The Ruhland family of five from North Andover, Mass. will hang out with Mickey for the week, and they might run into the Sorrentinos of Saugus, since they're getting out just in time, too.

    "We're hoping to get down and see Mickey Mouse before the snow flies on the Tarmac up here," Tony Sorrentino said.

    The concerns at Logan are not just for travelers headed south.

    "We are at 90-100 percent load factor, so if flights are cancelled, it becomes an issue with how to re-book people because the available seats are already full," Massport Aviation Director Ed Freni said.

    Another potential issue is on-site available parking because of the onset of winter weather and the onslaught of winter school vacation travelers.

    Logan Express has four locations, including Woburn, and can cost more than $100 less than parking at the airport for a week.

    Or better yet...

    "We were dropped off, so no problem with that," said Michelle Sorrentino.

    Massport does not cancel flights, the airlines do. So far 23 percent, or more than 200 flights in and out of Logan, according to travel website, have been cancelled.

    It bears reminding to check with your airline long before you arrive.