Flights grounded at PBIA, delays up to nearly 4 hours

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Posted at 3:36 PM, Dec 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-28 05:17:03-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Flights at Palm Beach International Airport (PBIA) are being grounded, which is causing some flights to be delayed an average of three hours and 37 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

FAA reported the delay on its website at around 3:09 p.m. Monday.

According to Palm Beach International Airport’s website and Twitter page, several arriving and departing flights have either been canceled or delayed.

The FAA said the delays are due to weather and the volume of flights during this holiday season.

Officials said grounding flights is a traffic management procedure, where aircraft are delayed at their departure airport in order to manage demand and capacity at their arrival airport. Flights are assigned departure times, which in turn regulates their arrival time at the impacted airport.

The delays come after hundreds of flights were canceled leaving thousands of travelers stranded over the holiday weekend.

If patience is a virtue, then Rosario Estrada has a lot of it. Her son's flight is hours behind schedule.

"They are supposed to be here at 4:45. They called me and said their flight was delayed so they're coming in at 6 o'clock," she said.

Tuesday is a big day for the entire family, so her son has to be here.

"I was worried, my daughter is getting married tomorrow, so I was worried that he's not going to be able to come to the wedding," she said.

Kate, from Toronto, sits and contemplates a rough day. If it wasn't a seven-hour wait for her COVID-19 test results, then it's finding out your flight is delayed.

"This is frustrating because I really want to go home. Tomorrow first thing in the morning I have to go to work," she said.

What makes this such a tough situation is that there were hundreds of flights canceled over the holiday weekend leaving thousands of travelers stranded.

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No word on how long flights will continue to be delayed at PBIA.

Officials encourage travelers to check with the airline to determine if their flight is impacted.