Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Transportation

Delays piling up at TIA, more expected on busiest travel day

Flight delays at Tampa International Airport are stacking up and likely to increase through the day as wintry weather around the country continues to take a toll on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

By late afternoon Wednesday at least 130 flights had been delayed at an average of 53 minutes, said spokeswoman Emily Nipps.

The delayed flights are departing and arriving from numerous cities and regions, including the Northeast and some areas of the South affected by bad weather. But on the whole the delays seemed countrywide.

"It makes us think it's the heavy air traffic rather than the weather," Nipps said.

No flights had been canceled.

On Tuesday, 55 departures and 70 arrivals at TIA were delayed.

Airport officials encouraged travelers and those picking up loved ones to check for delays before heading to the airport. And for those traveling out of TIA, Nipps recommended arriving at least 90 minutes early to move through security lines.

Officials expected as many as 58,000 people to travel through TIA Wednesday.

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