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Wintry weather causing some delays, cancellations at HIA

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Friday's high winds, rain and light snow in Central Pennsylvania weren't solely to blame for flight changes at Harrisburg International Airport.

The culprits were also heavier snow and winter weather in major metropolitan areas like Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toronto, which prompted some airlines at HIA to delay and cancel flights, said airport spokesman Scott Miller.

Morning flight changes will inevitably affect flights the rest of the day, too. But by Saturday, schedules should be back to normal, Miller said. 

Miller advised travelers planning to depart from HIA to check a flight's status online before coming to the airport. He also stressed that pilots are highly trained for and accustomed to navigating high winds and that airlines makes decisions about flights with safety at top of mind.

Miller said Friday's inclement weather would result in minor revenue loss for HIA, mostly from lost parking fees and a few landing fees from airlines lost.

Still, Miller said, "it's not a major disruption" compared to the effects of a larger storm. Parking revenue loss from would-be local travelers with cancelled flights is mitigated by extended parking costs for people who have to unexpectedly stay in the area longer.

Cargo flights scheduled for arrival and departure from HIA have been slightly delayed but otherwise unaffected, according to Miller.

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Becca Oken-Tatum

Becca Oken-Tatum

Becca Oken-Tatum is the web editor for the Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at Follow her on Twitter at @becca0t.

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