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Joplin Airport Cancels Morning Flights Due To Weather

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As Thanksgiving week begins many travelers were delayed Sunday, and Monday because of weather. The Joplin Airport only flies to and from the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport; and on Sunday Dallas had to cancel over 300 flights. With many more canceled Monday morning -- it left travelers thinking about what to do next. 

Bob Nicholes is like many holiday travelers across the US; worried holiday weather may prevent him from getting to his destination by Thanksgiving. And when Bob heard the 6:30am flight out of Joplin was canceled Monday Morning, and that the afternoon flight into Joplin was also canceled; he feared his 3:30 PM flight out would also get the ax.

"I thought my afternoon flight had been canceled, so I came out here to get a rental car, so I came out here to get a rental car to drive to Tulsa, to fly out of Tulsa," Nicholes said.
 
Nicholes says thankfully that won't be necessary this time around, but as an avid holiday traveler he says he always thinks of a "plan B" when it comes to bad weather. 

"My choices today was either go to Springfield or to Tulsa, but fortunately I'll go out of Joplin, which I've done many times before," Nicholes said.
 
And according to Steve Stockham,  the Manager of the Joplin Airport, he suggests travelers be patient, and to try and anticipate as many weather related problems as possible. 

"If you're leaving out of Joplin, you need to check the weather here,  but then you know you're going through Dallas, so you might check the weather in Dallas, or if you're going through another hub, check the weather in that hub to anticipate other delays, and then ultimately wherever you're trying to get into," Stockham said.

Now Stockham says Dallas related delays didn't effect flights leaving or coming to Joplin on Monday after it's 3:30PM flight, but that those flying back East for Thanksgiving may want to keep an eye out for weather delays. 

And other Joplin travelers say they have their own tips.

"Weather is not a thing we can control, so just don't be mad, just keep calm," said Csun Wei Wang.

"Just pack and drink coffee and wait," said Carene Nolan.
 
"Oatmeal so if I get stuck at an airport at least I have something to eat and I'm not counting on having to spend money," said Misty Johns.

And as for Nicholes, he got his boarding pass and is happy to be making his way to Austin, Texas to celebrate his thanksgiving this year, but might consider waiting for warmer temperatures next year.

"I would rather travel summers," Nicholes said.
 
Airport Officials say travelers should keep an eye on weather nationwide, because it could effect travel time.  Even if it isn't a problem where you land, or where you take off.


To visit the Joplin Airport website, click here.

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