SFO: Most domestic flights still delayed

January 6, 2008 6:59:04 PM PST
Seventy percent of domestic flights landing at San Francisco International Airport this evening are expected to be delayed due to residual problems from a storm that struck the region Friday, a duty manager said.

Passengers traveling on domestic flights were experiencing up to two hour delays at about 10 p.m., airport duty manager Lily Wang said. The delays are expected to remain the same or get worse throughout the evening, she said. Around 50 percent of departing flights are also experiencing delays.

International passengers were not facing delays, because their flights take priority, she said. "There were 200 cancellations yesterday, and because of that we are trying to catch up today, which is a little bit of a challenge," airport duty manager Douglas Lyon said this morning.

San Francisco International Airport experienced delays on all domestic flights Friday and arrivals and departures ran up to three hours behind. International flights weren't greatly impacted, Lyon said. The storm, said to be the strongest to hit the Bay Area in years, swept some areas with hurricane-force winds exceeding 80 mph and dropped inches of rain.

There were no delays this evening at Oakland International Airport due to the recent storm, an airport operations supervisor said. A few flights were cancelled because of stormy weather in Reno, Nev., but local weather was not a factor.

At Mineta San Jose International Airport, flights resumed at 6:30 a.m. today without delays, spokesman David Vossbrink said. "It is blue skies. No problems here," Vossbrink said.

There are however more customers than normal since it is the last weekend after the holidays, he said.

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