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Flight delays, cancellations at TIA due to winter storm

A winter storm that brought blizzardlike conditions overnight from the Midwest to the East Coast has disrupted air travel Friday at Tampa International Airport.

A total of 66 flights were canceled to or from the airport, with 152 delays reported as of 10 p.m., a spokeswoman said. Delays were almost evenly split between arrivals and departures.

Among those affected were flights from Boston, Philadelphia, Newark and both of New York City's major airports. Flights were also delayed from cities including Atlanta and Charlotte, which are major hubs for several airlines.

Outgoing flights to New York, Newark and Chicago were canceled as well, with delays to other airports stacking up early.

Airport officials recommended travelers check their flight's status online before heading to the airport.

Frederick Wagner, 23, sleeps at the First Flight bar in Tampa International Airport on Friday morning while waiting for his sister's flight to take off for Newark, N.J. Megan Wagner's initial flight at 6 a.m. was canceled, and she was put on a later flight — which as of 8:30 a.m. had been de-planed, with passengers returning to the terminal for more waiting. Wagner was visiting Tampa Bay for the holidays with family, and came with his mother to drop off Megan. They decided to wait for the flight to take off so she wouldn't be stranded at the airport.

EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times

Frederick Wagner, 23, sleeps at the First Flight bar in Tampa International Airport on Friday morning while waiting for his sister's flight to take off for Newark, N.J. Megan Wagner's initial flight at 6 a.m. was canceled, and she was put on a later flight — which as of 8:30 a.m. had been de-planed, with passengers returning to the terminal for more waiting. Wagner was visiting Tampa Bay for the holidays with family, and came with his mother to drop off Megan. They decided to wait for the flight to take off so she wouldn't be stranded at the airport.

Flight delays, cancellations at TIA due to winter storm 01/03/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:02pm]
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