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Ice build-up on several of the planes delayed five flights at the Springfield/Branson National Airport Wednesday morning. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.
The flights that were delayed were to Minneapolis, St. Louis, Chicago and two flights to Dallas.
Kent Boyd is the spokesperson for the airport.
He says the airport has 14 airplanes that stay overnight, so it takes a lot of time to get the ice off the planes.
“When their sitting out there all night they get iced up. You have to start it, you have to warm it up and you have to get out the de-icing fluid. Kind of like the stuff we have in the spray can to spray on the car, except they have to spray gallons of that stuff on the airplane. And inevitably when you’re having to go to all that trouble it takes some extra time and that will frequently cause delays,” Boyd said.
Boyd says it’s hard to figure how long the delays could be, so travelers need to plan ahead.
“I would advise travelers, folks who are going to be leaving anytime in the near future to try to keep track of their flight by checking their airline’s website or they can come to the airport’s website and get some idea whether their flights been delayed or not,” Boyd said.
To check for cancelled flights you can visit the airport’s website www.flyspringfield.com.
For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.