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National and Dulles open

The unending snowstorms earlier this month created a special kind of headache for travelers who had to fly to or from the area. Cancellations, re-booking, hours spent trying to get onto another flight...just all sorts of fun. Luckily, that doesn't appear likely to happen this time around. Today's weather -- poised to deliver weak snow and bone-rattling gusts of wind -- won't be closing Reagan National Airport or Dulles International Airport.

"All of our runways are open," said Rob Yingling, spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates National and Dulles. "We do not close our runways because of wind. We only initiate runway closures when there's an accumulation of snow on the runway."

The main problem for travelers will be snow or bad weather in other cities, which could hamper a multitude of flights (delaying departing flights and stymieing the arrival of planes needed for those departures). Yingling advised passengers to check with their airlines, because flights could be impacted by weather in other areas.

It's also a good idea to check this FAA site, where you can search by airport to find out if there are any delays. For instance, as of 7 a.m., flights from National to Philadelphia were delayed more than an hour. Meanwhile, if you're traveling out of Baltimore, check their Web site for delays and cancellations. But, as always, it's best to check with your airline before you leave the house.

By Mark Berman  |  February 25, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  
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Comments

The FAA website is broken half the time. During the last major storms it was showing green across the entire US! I'd suggest FlightStats.com. They have a nice map of the US on their front page that is based off of actual arrival and departure delays.

Posted by: Razor04 | February 25, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Well here's the problem...the map is showing delays. The airlines cancelled all of their flights ahead of the snowstorm. Thus, their scheduled flights were not delayed because there were no scheduled flights those days. Thus, the map shows green. So in theory, you would not be delayed if you had a scheduled flight. But there were no scheduled flights.

The airport status shows delays due to the airport. The airport isn't the one that cancels flights, that's the airline.

Kind of one of those weird technicalities, like when a train closes its doors and pulls forward 5 feet to say it departed "on time", but then waits 5 feet out of the station for 10 minutes. Yup, we got delayed 5 feet into the trip, but we can check the box saying we left on time at least!

Posted by: thetan | February 25, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

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