Snowpocalypse 2010, part III (or is it IV by now?), has claimed another travel-plan victim. My friend Stephanie was going to fly out here yesterday, but her flight was cancelled; she got another flight for today, but now that too has been cancelled, along with all flights tomorrow.
So she's cancelling her trip. Even if Sunday flights don't get cancelled, she would have missed more than half of the originally planned trip; just didn't seem worth it.
Feh. I recognize that the snowstorm is causing much bigger problems than this for many people. But still really disappointing.
(While I'm here, I may as well link to her latest blog entry, "Four hours of sleep in thirty-six hours, for all the right reasons," about Mixed Martial Arts and journalism on short notice.)
I gotta ask y'all East Coasterners: does this happen every year? This is the second time in a month that the Philadelphia airport has apparently more or less shut down for two days or more due to snow. When I lived out there, I never had to travel in February, so I honestly don't know: is this just the expected way things are, like O'Hare shutting down because of thunderstorms for most of every Memorial Day weekend? Should one just not expect to be able to fly into or out of PHL in February?
Hmm. The other common factor in the two cases was Southwest; are they more prone to just shut down for a couple of days than other PHL airlines, or is it the whole airport?
Oh, here's more: An Inquirer article today says that Southwest has grounded all flights but that US Airways has cancelled only a quarter of today's flights. I wonder what the difference is. Does Southwest do this regularly? Should one avoid flying SWA into or out of PHL during weather-prone times of year?
Huh—I had no idea Southwest was "Philadelphia's second busiest carrier." Back in the old days, shortly after they added various East Coast cities to their routes, I called them up and said I wanted to fly to California. They nicely told me that I ought to pick another airline, as getting to California via their then-patchwork of cities would've required about ten hops. (They may've been exaggerating.) But things have changed quite a bit since then; there are a fair number of one-stop and two-stop flights on SWA between PHL and SJC these days.