SAN FRANCISCO -- With a major storm churning through the Bay Area on the busiest travel day of the season Friday, more than 100 flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport were canceled and travelers were delayed for hours, an airport spokesman said.
Flights that could get in and out of the airport were averaging delays of about three hours, duty manager Dan Dinnocenti said, because two of the airport's four runways were shut down.
Flights were expected to be delayed well into Saturday morning as the backlog slowly reduced, he said. "It will be 2 or 3 in the morning before we get caught up," he said.
Earlier in the day, the cancellations mostly affected commuter short-haul flights up and
As always, travelers are advised to check with their airlines before heading to the airport to find out about delays or cancellations, Yakel said.
With an FAA-mandated traffic management program in place at SFO due to wind, rain and low cloud cover, the canceled flights act as a sort of relief valve, Yakel said. Fewer arriving and departing flights will mean fewer delays as landings and takeoffs are spaced farther apart.
San Jose's Mineta International Airport had delays of 15 to 30 minutes by late afternoon, spokeswoman
A spokesman for Oakland International Airport said there were no major delays or weather-related cancellations late Friday afternoon.