East coast storm predictions affect local flights

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 22, 2016) -- Airlines are canceling flights across the country as a big winter storm heads towards the east coast.  By 9 a.m. Friday morning, more than 5,000 flights had been cancelled across the country for both Friday and Saturday according to Flightaware.com. Six departing flights and four arriving flights had been cancelled at Indianapolis International Airport early Friday morning.

With storm warnings in effect for 20 states, American Airlines cancelled all flights in Charlotte on Friday and did the same in Washington and Baltimore for Saturday flights. United suspended flights at its Washington Dulles Hub and in other mid-Atlantic airports starting Friday afternoon. All flights into and out of Philly’s International Airport were cancelled for Saturday.

Since many airlines had a heads-up before the storm, some representatives were able to offer travelers different options. Brian Hartman was traveling from Indy to Washington D.C. with a group for a conference.

“Fortunately, United called us and said the flight for Saturday is cancelled, so we went ahead and booked for today to hopefully get there and beat the storm,” Hartman said.

Jeff Dutton, the Director of Public Affairs for Indianapolis International Airport, says they’re not expecting a lot of travelers to be stranded here since many have had the opportunity to make other arrangements.

Dutton says anyone traveling should check-in with your airline and make sure you have the most current app download on your phone.

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