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Flights to Philly, Washington Cancelled Due to Snow

by on February 13, 2014 10:56 AM

All flights to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. have been cancelled for Thursday at University Park Airport due to snow.

Airport authorities cancelled Thursday's flights to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as a major winter storm moved from the south up the East Coast.

However, flights to and from Detroit and Chicago are still scheduled, according to James Meyer, director and
operational manager of the commercial airline terminal.

"We're able to, so far, clear the runway," Meyer says.

Meyer says this winter has been worse than usual in terms of the number of flights cancelled.

Severe winter weather repeatedly hitting the Philadelphia and Washington areas and sub-zero temperatures grounding planes in Chicago have created a higher than normal cancelation rate, Meyer says.

The airport earns revenue from landing fees, so if planes don't land the airport misses out on those fees. Additionally, snow removal can be costly.

"There is a financial toll. But you've always had cancellations throughout our winter. This one is a little more than the average, so there's a little more than average financial hit, but nothing that is crippling," Meyer says.

Another major stream of revenue is parking. The airport might gain some funds with folks who park longer due to cancelled flights, but the airport also loses money from those who never park at all due to cancelled flights. Meyers says in the end it probably evens out.

Editor's Note: The photos with this article were taken during previous winters and are courtesy of University Park Airport.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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