Planes Diverted to Abilene Due to Bad Weather

Abilene, Texas (KRBC)-There are some things no one can control.

"It is what it is," said Jacqui Waters, who was trying to fly to California.

Weather is one of them.

"They were delayed and then we got on the plane about 1:15 and they said we were leaving, started up, turned around and stopped and that's where it all quit," said Michael Stone, who was trying to fly to North Carolina.

Storms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area meant seven diverted aircraft to the Abilene Regional Airport.

"A lot of it is kind of managed chaos, particularly when we're de-planing passengers and getting several hundred passengers in the terminal, which is kind of what we're expecting at this point as the storms kind of linger over DFW," said director of transportation services, Don Green.

But diverted passengers choosing to see the glass half-full...

"My experience has been pretty good because they're trying to accommodate and we have a lot of planes on the runways so it's been...I mean this is crazy for them, Abilene is small and the airport is really small so it's a lot of people," said Carrie Skow, who was attempting to fly to Oregon.

"They couldn't have been more accommodating. They got us off, we're in here, Abilene airport took over, doing a great job. We have snacks, we have water, friendly faces, we're all just getting taken care of. They're doing a great job," said Eloise Hale, who was trying to go to North Carolina.

The snacks and water coming from the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau which makes sure the southern hospitality is felt by all de-planed passengers.

"I'm amazed! They have everything in it," said Waters.

Because it's the little things that make inconveniences bearable.

"These airline people try to do they best they can do in these circumstances," said STone.

The director of transportation don green says that this is the first large diversion of the year and that the airport expects more while we are in severe weather season

 


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