Southwest: Full service at BWI Friday
3;15 p.m. Update: Southwest Airlines has canceled more flights due to bad weather since Feb. 5 than during any other week in the airline's 38-year history, said Southwest spokesman Paul Flaningan.
Most of those cancellations were due to snow in Chicago and Baltimore, two of Southwest's busiest airports. Southwest passengers have 14 days to rebook their flight or cancel their reservation without an additional charge, he said.
Passengers already booked to fly this weekend shouldn't have any problems, Flaningan said, but the Southwest terminal at BWI will be more crowded than usual in the next week or two as passengers who had to rebook squeeze onto flights.
"Definitely going into the weekend, we're expecting to see pretty big loads," Flaningan said.
2:15 Update: Southwest expects to have all 160 daily departures operating from BWI by Friday morning. Officials said Southwest planes will begin arriving at BWI around 5 p.m. Thursday, bringing in passengers who will terminate in BWI, and those planes will be parked here to be the departure flights in the morning.
11:25 a.m. Update: Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the airports authority, said most planes that were moved out before the blizzard will have to be flown back in before operations can return to normal.
"I don't know when the first plane will get here, but we're ready," Mickalonis said.
Original post: The airfield at Reagan National reopened for flights this morning about 11 a.m.,.according to the airport's Web site.
Flights at Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport were gradually resuming this morning, too.
Passengers should check with their airlines before heading to the airports because it will likely take a day or two for flight schedules to return to normal, officials said. Southwest Airlines, BWI's largest airline, has canceled most flights into and out of BWI on Thursday, according to the Southwest website.
Passengers trying to rebook canceled flights should do so by phone or online before coming to the airports, officials said.
Anyone scheduled to fly Friday or this weekend also should check with their airlines first, officials said.
At Dulles, two our of four runways -- the primary runways used by commercial airlines -- were open as of 6 a.m., said Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
"It will take another day or two to get everything back to normal," Mickalonis said.
BWI expects to have half its flights operating by mid-afternoon Thursday, said spokeswoman Lynda Warehime. The airport remained open during much of the blizzard, but flights didn't resume until 7 a.m. Thursday.
Some BWI stores and restaurants will remain closed until their employees can gradually return to work, she said. She said passengers taking off from BWI may want to park in the parking garage because plows have had trouble moving snow around vehicles in the lots.
-- Katherine Shaver
February 11, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
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