National flight delays affect travelers at Indy airport

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Sunday after Thanksgiving is the busiest air travel day of the year as travelers make their way home after visiting family.

There were thousands of delays across the country all day Sunday and they’ve had a ripple effect that reached Indianapolis.

Indianapolis International Airport (IND) was much busier than your typical Sunday. The airport was packed with people trying to get home.

24-Hour News 8 spoke to several people whose flights to Denver we’re delayed because of fog in Colorado.

“I’ve got to drive another hour and a half after I get back to Denver. Gonna be a long night,” said Charlie Warner.

The airport says it’s not as bad as it could be on a day when 46,000 flights are in the sky nationwide.

“I think things are running fairly smooth this weekend,” said Mike Medvescek, senior director of operations at Indianapolis International.

The delays in Indy came in waves Sunday. Flights backed up in the morning and evening hours, getting worse whenever major hubs like Chicago’s Midway started backing up.

“All those airports because of volume get backed up, so it slows down all the aircrafts coming back to Indy. Especially at the holidays,” Medvescek.

Not all travelers found themselves stuck. Annie Morsches was one of the few who got a pleasant surprise when she checked in for her Denver flight.

“I was very relieved. I’m not trying to drive home late from the airport by myself,” said Morsches.

But no one is more relieved than the Roberts family. They’re extremely thankful their flight back to Washington is on time.

“We flew in yesterday for the Redskins vs. Colts game and it didn’t work out very well for us, said Stephen Roberts.

As the weather gets colder, the airport said travelers could start seeing more delays. As airports start to de-ice runways and planes, more flights will start getting delayed.

Throughout the holiday season it’s especially important to check your flight status before you go to the airport. You can check your flight here.

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