Anticipation of stormy weather on the East Coast resulted in 60flight cancellations at San Francisco International Airport onFriday, a duty manager said.
By 6 p.m., 41 departures and 19 arrivals had been delayed or canceled at SFO, according to Nancy Parker, the airport's public information officer. A majority of those departures, she said were due to delays from the mounting storm on the East Coast.
At noon, SFO reported that 69 flights had been delayed, with forty of those departures and 20 of the arrivals involving destinations in the Northeast, such as New York, Boston, Newark and Philadelphia.
Barb Powell, 54, and her family arrived at the airport Friday morning after a 13-hour flight from Australia to learn that their United Airlines flight back home to Philadelphia had been canceled.
Powell, her husband and daughter were able to book a later flight scheduled to land around 11 p.m. Eastern time in Pittsburgh. They planned to rent a car and drive 6 hours through the night across Pennsylvania.
"We all just want to be home," Powell said. "This is turning into a lifetime journey."
Doug and Julia Latham went from swimming in the ocean in New Zealand on Thursday to waiting in line at SFO on Friday, hoping to find another way home to Virginia after a connecting flight to Philadelphia was canceled. United ultimately rerouted the couple, and their 6-month-old son, Isaiah, through Houston.
"He's been great so far," Doug Latham said of his son. "It's hopefully going to work out."
Flights heading to Newark Liberty International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Logan International Airport were impacted the most Friday. Flights heading into Philadelphia in the morning were delayed between 30 and 60 minutes, Duty Manager Nancie Parker said.
Many flights were canceled in advance of the storm so that air transportation can recover more quickly once the storm has passed.
Airports in Oakland and San Jose each had two flights scheduled for New York late Friday -- one arrival and one departure at each airport. All four flights were canceled.
Many carriers have allowed Northeast-bound travelers to change their flight schedule without penalty Friday, Yakel said. San Francisco International Airport officials advised travelers to check their flight status with their carrier and modify their flight plans wherever possible.
"Given the weather, we'll probably see the cancellations roll into tomorrow as well," Yakel said.
Ron Pilon, in San Francisco this week on business, arrived at the airport at 11 a.m. to learn his 1:15 p.m. flight to Toronto, which had been listed as on time half an hour earlier on United's website, had been canceled. He waited in line an hour and a half to see a ticket agent.
Pilon wasn't optimistic about getting a flight home Friday.
"Looks like Walgreens is gonna get some business," he said. "I need more socks and underwear."
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Staff writer Katie Nelson contributed to this report.