Savannah Hilton Head International Airport has no major flight cancellations

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 3:01 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 24, 2021 at 11:09 PM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - It’s been a pretty smooth travel day in our area, but some people are spending the holiday weekend looking for flights.

United and Delta airlines say hundreds of flights are cancelled because many of their staffers are out with COVID.

Savannah Hilton Head International Airport doesn’t have any major cancellations yet, but a traveler said they had to re-arrange their Christmas Eve plans after waiting hours to fly.

“I’m like oh my God United...what happened? Why you cancel so many flights?” said Abenaa Bailey, who traveled from Houston, Texas.

She knew this morning it would be a long day of traveling. Delta Air Lines and United Airlines both canceled more than 600 flights Friday and Saturday. There weren’t enough crews to staff flights.

“I saw my flight was delayed, but I took a risk and still came to the airport and I had to sit there and wait for about four or five hours until we boarded the plane,” said Bailey.

The staffing shortage is an issue airlines have dealt with all year. For some people, the timing this weekend is just inconvenient.

“It just took a little bit of a long time and now we just ended up here and I’m so excited,” said Elijah Sils-aime from Pittsburgh.

This time around it seems to only disrupt United and Delta -- a relief to some travelers trying to see loved ones this weekend.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to see our family without having delays or cancellations,” said Christina Schuliger.

“Coming back it was pretty breezy,” said Molly Lucci, who lives in Bluffton

Lucci said it was a blessing to get back in time to enjoy the night before Christmas.

“It was God’s plan for us to make it safely and on time,” she added.

Some travelers are home to stay, but the ones who have to go back are hoping for the best.

“United and I hope I don’t get stuck,” said Bailey.

There may not be a lot of canceled flights in our area yet, but still watch out for connecting flights.

To check the status of your flights at the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport, you can head over their website.

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