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Great Falls Airport Not Effected by Delays

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Airport delays across the country are at an all time high due to the winter weather in the southeastern portion of the U.S., at Great Falls International there are currently no delays. 

"Well it's not really an amount of snow where we would ever cancel flights, generally speaking we can clear almost any amount of snow," explains Airport Director John Faulkner.

Inclement weather is blamed for the cancellation of flights several airports around the country. Yesterday delayed flights were around 2,000, this morning they were 4 times that. Great falls Airport Director john Faulkner says delays are more about the friction rather than the snow.

"And so it depends more on the weather conditions when you have warm temperature and then it suddenly drops, when you get the icing that can reduce the friction on the runway. And then pilots get the friction rating that we do every so often and then they decide, I don't want to land or take off based on those friction ratings," says Faulkner.

According to Faulkner unless the ice is too bad they will not cancel or delay. In fact Great Falls International has boasted numbers this year because of less delays and more travelers.

"State wide traffic was down about 5.5% for the year and we were only down about 2%- 2.5% so we did a little bit better than the state average. The thing I was most encouraged about we finished the year with 2 months that were up here in great falls. So if you look at the back half of the year we were up I think 3 maybe even 4 of the months," says Faulkner.

Faulkner says if you are planning a trip now is the time to buy.

"Right now! I would really encourage people, this is the slowest time of year for the airlines right now. so if you can travel right now if you have a trip that is discretionary it's a great time," says Faulkner.

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