More than 500 were temporarily stranded at Fargo airport because of Twin cities snowstorm
FARGO – Most of the 534 travelers stranded at Hector International Airport here Monday, Jan. 22, after their flights were diverted due to a Twin Cities snowstorm were on their way to their destinations by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23.
That’s according to Shawn Dobberstein, the airport authority’s executive director.
Delta flights from Los Angeles, Seattle, Winnipeg and Denver were diverted to Fargo on Monday afternoon because of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport being shut down by heavy snowfall, Dobberstein said.
A United flight from Denver to Minot, N.D., was also diverted here, he said.
Dobberstein said those same planes started leaving about 5:34 a.m Tuesday. However, a 12:44 p.m. Delta arrival Tuesday from Minneapolis and a 1:09 p.m. Delta departure to Minneapolis were also canceled, Dobberstein said.
Dobberstein praised Delta, airport workers and the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau for making sure the unexpected visitors were fed and able to find transportation and rooms at local hotels.
“The crew did a pretty good job here,” Dobberstein said Tuesday. “It was very busy, very hectic yesterday. But the crew did a good job.”
Dobberstein said some people rented vehicles to try to continue traveling to Sioux Falls, S.D., and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, but he was not sure how well they fared, given the storm’s reach.