Winter storms force delays and cancellations at Orlando International Airport

ORLANDO, Fla. — Passengers at Orlando International Airport are facing delays and cancellations on Monday because of the winter storm hitting other parts of the country.

Snow and ice have pummeled much of the Northeast and parts of the Midwest, making air travel more difficult.

On Monday, flights were delayed and at least 40 flights were canceled at OIA.

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“We were actually headed here for our flight when I looked at my phone, and it said that we were delayed by four hours,” said Krystie Kelly, who is traveling to Maryland with her husband.

Channel 9 also spoke with a passenger who is stranded in Orlando for a couple of days after her flight home got canceled.

Ariana Torres was headed home to Cleveland after a short trip to Puerto Rico, but conditions back home are so bad her flight was canceled.

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Torres told Channel 9 that she found out her flight was canceled only 30 minutes before boarding the plane.

Frontier Airlines rebooked Torres and her sister on a new flight, scheduled to leave on Wednesday.

“It’s crazy. I was going to try to look for another flight on one of the other airlines, but too expensive,” Torres said.

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Torres said the cheapest flight they found to get home earlier would have been $300 each, and said it was less expensive for them to get a hotel for a couple of nights here.

“It’s the weather. You can’t control the weather. Hopefully for Wednesday, it’s not bad,” Torres added.

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Jeff Deal

Jeff Deal, WFTV.com

I joined the Eyewitness News team as a reporter in 2006.