Travelers stranded in Las Vegas as storm hits the northeast
Travelers are stranded at McCarran International Airport as a snowstorm hits the northeast.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many flights in and out of McCarran International Airport were canceled Friday as a severe storm hit the northeast.
Cancellations impacted flights to major cities including New York and Boston, while flights to Philadelphia were delayed.
Action News spoke with two couples stuck at the airport trying to get back to Canada. They say even if they make it to the East Coast, the flights from there to Canada will be nearly impossible to find.
"We've been here four hours, getting passed back and forth on telephones," said Patrick English. "We can get nobody to give us any satisfaction whatsoever."
Not all flights east were canceled. Southwest Air sent a flight from Las Vegas to Newark International Airport in New York City as late as Friday afternoon. But Virgin America and Jet Blue weren't so optimistic, canceling their flights to Newark.
The Canadian couples we spoke with were scheduled for a flight with United Airlines.
They say the added days of travel will cost them in terms of extra hotel rooms and missed days of work.
The situation is only expected to worsen as the storm dumps snow on East Coast states.
"It's safe to say there's going to be additional cancellations throughout the weekend," said McCarran spokesperson Christine Crews. "What's really important is if you're flying somewhere other than the East Coast, play attention to your flight status, because there's a ripple effect."
As for the Canadian couples, they expect to be stranded in Las Vegas until Tuesday or Wednesday.