77
      Thursday
      83 / 63
      Friday
      86 / 65
      Saturday
      86 / 67

      Government shutdown and weather delay dozens of flights

      The runway should be back open when FAA workers are back on the job.

      Dozens of flights were cancelled at Cherry Capital Airport this weekend, in what airport officials called ??the perfect storm??.

      Officials had to delay or cancel 55 flights. Airport director Kevin Klein said it was a combination of the weather and the government shutdown.

      Equipment has been set up on the runway that would allow planes to land and take off when the clouds are lower.

      However, the Federal Aviation Administration still needs to check the equipment. They are currently off the job because of the government shutdown.

      Since the airport couldn??t use the equipment and the clouds were too low for planes to land or take off, dozens of flights were cancelled.

      ??It affects our local business travelers, it affects people coming here for a leisure vacation,?? Klein said. ??It affects lots of people in different ways.??

      Klein said the runway should be up and running once FAA workers return to the job.