Storm causes major travel delays at airports

Updated:

Loading

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sandy has forced airlines across the country to cancel nearly 13,000 flights over the past two days, leaving many passengers stranded.

So far Tuesday, more than 6,000 flights nationwide are canceled. At Charlotte Douglas, all flights to cities in the Northeast, like Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., are canceled.

“We're trying to get to Vegas. We just drove eight hours from Baltimore because everything is canceled up there,” one traveler said.

Passengers did what they could to try to avoid the delays and find ways around the issues caused by Sandy, but for some, the problems were unavoidable.

Overnight, Eyewitness News found some people sleeping on the floor.

US Airways has canceled all flights to many Northeastern cities Tuesday.  Some other airlines, like Delta, remain hopeful they can take to the air again sometime Tuesday afternoon at airports like LaGuardia and JFK if weather permits.

Some travelers found that even getting to cities not impacted by the storm was difficult because so many planes were grounded Monday.  With only limited flights possible, exhausted travelers like Jim McGough, who was coming back from vacation, could only wait.

“It's terrible to come back to this kind of weather and what's going on here,” McGough said. “We can't get back home to Pennsylvania.”

While flights to the Northeast were canceled Tuesday, the ones going other places are on time.