Arctic weather has minor impact on Gulfport-Biloxi Int'l Airport

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Snow, ice and freezing temperatures pose major problems at airports around the country. Flights are grounded, delayed and canceled. Airports are packed with weary travelers scheduled to go on business trips, vacations or just trying to get home.

With thousands of flights on hold, all airports are impacted. Luckily, things were pretty much on schedule at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on Monday. Flyers were checking bags, getting seat assignments and hoping for the best.

Issues in other parts of the country do have a trickle down effect on our airport.

"What happens is it impacts the airline's ability to get equipment down here. A flight may be delayed that was going to originate from Gulfport and go on to another destination. That's where we pick up delays in this scenario," said Airport Assistant Executive Director Jim Foster.

Ann Whyte was at the airport after quite an adventure that started in the northeast.

"Friday, we were going to fly out of Maine to Mississippi. The flight was canceled. The earliest flight we could get was in Boston. We took a bus to Boston. We were supposed to fly into Gulfport last night and we ended up flying to Mobile. Our bags came to Gulfport," Whyte said.

With the weather expected to inconvenience air travelers for the next 36 hours or so, here's some simple advice if you have a trip planned: Check with your carrier to make sure everything is on schedule. Find flight information for the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on their website:

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