Posted: Dec 26, 2012 1:27 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Dec 26, 2012 6:52 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- While most people in the Coastal Bend spent Christmas with family in 80 degree weather, some spent Christmas stranded at the airport, dealing with snow and sleet.
The Dallas Fort Worth airport had 415 cancellations yesterday, canceling Christmas for some travelers.
Today, the airlines are in recovery mode, trying to catch up.
One family excited to reunite today had quite the reunion at the Corpus Christi International Airport. "Are you happy to be in Texas," Vicki Gort asked her 3-year-old granddaughter, Emma after her day long delay. "Yeah," Emma exclaimed, jumping in excitement. "I love you," she said to her grandma.
This precious moment is months in the making, since the family lives apart, even further delayed by snow and sleet in Dallas. They had planned to see each other Christmas day at 4 p.m. But, mother nature had other plans.
"Lots and lots of snow," Emma explained. Which led to a day long delay and some anxious moments Wednesday morning.
"We are waiting for our Christmas delivery that didn't make it yesterday at 4 o clock," Gort told us before the reunion.
Little Emma's dad admits spending Christmas stuck on a plane is not what he had in mind. Still, he realizes their three hour wait on the tarmac Christmas day could have been much worse. Hundreds are still delayed now.
"We were lucky we got out today," said Lee Bolt, "we got a hotel last night; there was several hundred people that had to sleep at Dallas airport, on cots and on the floor."
But, thanks to grandma's persistence last night, the Christmas celebration could begin today. "At 2 in the morning, I finally was able to get them on a flight that was coming in this morning," Gort said. That flight ended up delayed, but it sure beat a cancellation.
"We'll celebrate Christmas in a couple of days when we get some more family down here," Bolt said.
For Gort, though, the real Christmas gift is already here. "What was the surprise," she asked Emma. "I'm the surprise!" Emma exclaimed.
The spokesperson for the corpus christi international airport says after weather delays, there is always a lag on re-booking passengers and getting airline crew and equipment back on track.
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