San Francisco Plane Crash Causes Ripple Effect at Reno Airport

RENO, Nev. -- As San Francisco International Airport is scrambling to reschedule flights and return to normal operations after Saturday's tragic crash, the backup is still affecting flights in Reno.

Toyie Yonemoto and her husband Garry traveled 2,600 miles from Hawaii to Reno for business and to visit friends for the holiday weekend. They were hoping to get home Sunday, but their flight to San Francisco got canceled at the last minute.

"We checked and checked knowing the situation in San Francisco and just when we arrived at the airport we found out our flight was cancelled," she said.

Hundreds of people like them are dealing with delays and cancellations at the Reno-Tahoe Airport. United Airlines cancelled five of its six flights to San Francisco. The Yonemotos spent 45 minutes trying to get their flights in order.

"We're gonna have to scramble to figure out what we'll have to do for the night and make sure we get our flight down to L.A. tomorrow because all the flights are full," Yonemoto said.

Because of the busy travel weekend, airlines are reporting full flights, which means passengers looking to re-book their flights might have to wait even longer to get to their destinations.

"We have very high passenger counts for today. In fact for today alone, we expect to see 12,000 passengers arriving and departing," Heidi Jared, Reno-Tahoe Airport spokeswoman, said.

The crash is causing a ripple effect on airlines nationwide and it could take up to three days to fully recover.

"It's the FAA's decision at this point and it comes down to the air traffic flow as to which airlines can get in and when," Jared said.

For passengers, it can be a stressful and frustrating ordeal.

"We checked and checked, I don't know what else you can do," Yonemoto said. "We're going to have to rearrange our work schedule."

If you're flying out in the next couple of days, Jared still encourages you to call your airline directly or visit its website for the latest status of your flight.


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