Coastal Carolina Airport Back In Business

Things are finally beginning to get back to normal at area airports impacted by the snow.

It's been more than two days since the first flight was cancelled out of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern.

Alexandria Ottey turned 19 on Monday and was supposed to be in Jacksonville, Florida celebrating. "For me to go for my 19th birthday and be with that side of my family that was kind of really big and exciting but I just had to stay home because of the snow."

Ottey was scheduled to fly out of Coastal Carolina Regional Airport two days ago. "I was suppose to leave Sunday at about 12:08 and with all the snow I couldn't go and they didn't have any flights until today.

Airport Director Tom Braaton says, "In the big cities there's a back log of 4-5days at least and of course that filters down from New York or wherever into Charlotte or Atlanta and then it comes to us, so there will be back log for a little while."

Braaton says Sunday was the first time in his four-plus years with the airport that he closed the runway. "You work as hard as you can to clean up the parking lots, clean up the runway and get it ready and functioning, but mother nature sometimes just takes over."

As Ottey caught a flight Tuesday she told us she hopes to extend her trip by a day or two.


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