San Francisco 777 crash causes travel trouble in Reno

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Updated: 7/08/2013 10:52 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- This July 4th weekend Sunday was set to be one of the busiest days the Reno-Tahoe International AIrport has had in months. But the 777 crash at San Francisco International Airport is leaving many having to make other plans.

The San Francisco International Airport is open, but after countless delays and cancellations it takes a while to get back on track, and that doesn't just mean trouble for people trying to get into or out of the bay area, but connections across the country.

"We expect to see about 12,000 passengers traveling in and out of the airport today alone," said Reno-Tahoe International spokeswoman Heidi Jared said that's not including the extra passengers who were diverted here Saturday after the crash at SFO.

"So some of those customers who ended up coming here are now trying today to get back into San Francisco," Jared said.

When you combine those passengers with others who were scheduled to depart from Reno, it makes finding new flights for displaced passengers a nightmare.

"You can expect that those aircraft will be full," Jared said. "The airlines were reporting full or almost full loads prior to yesterday's incident."

Jared said United is the only carrier that flies direct to San Francisco.

Five of the six scheduled Sunday United flights to San Francisco are cancelled, which means arrivals will be too.

"Naturally if the flight is not able to make it out from here to San Francisco, it's not coming back either," Jared said.

Jared said it will take time to get back on schedule.

"It will be several days before San Francisco is back to normal operations," Jared said. "If you're planning on traveling today, tomorrow even Tuesday pack your patience be ready because those flights are going to be full and some of them may be cancelled."

Jared said which flights go in and out of the bay area airport is up to the FAA and air control operators in San Francisco and in many cases there's not much the airlines can do.
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