Flights still canceled or delayed by snow at GRR

Posted at 4:33 AM, Jan 29, 2019

KENT COUNTY, Mich. -- As West Michigan continues to dig out from heavy snowfall Monday, there is still problem at the airports.

As of Tuesday morning, a handful of flights to or from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport have been delayed or canceled.

The best advice is if you have a flight out of the airport to check the status online before you go.

Alicia Roberts, the airport's marketing coordinator, says airport staff are hard at work trying to get planes in the air.

“Our ground crews working really hard," Roberts tells FOX 17 after cancellations Monday. "The field maintenance crew is working really hard to keep the runways open. The runways are open, and they continue to work hard all week to make sure that they stay open."

However, she says OSHA limits the amount of time workers can be outside when it's this cold, so staff are required to go inside several times per hour.

“We’re used to weather, but we’re not used to this extreme of cold," Roberts says.

Some travelers gave themselves extra time to get to the airport only to have their flights pushed back.

“I left home six hours early to make sure that I wasn’t gonna be slowed down by the snow getting here," says Stephanie Radawiec of Lansing. "And then as soon as I got here, I found out that my flight was delayed by a couple hours."