Potential for Severe Storms Could Impact Flights at Richmond International Airport Thursday

April 5, 2017

RICHMOND, Virginia (April 5, 2017) - The National Weather Service in Wakefield is forecasting a potential chance for severe thunderstorms that could affect the Richmond region during the overnight hours Wednesday through Thursday, April 6th.  The impacts of this potentially hazardous weather include winds in excess of 60 to 70 mph, hail, and a chance of tornadic activity across Central Virginia. As the storm moves into the area, there is a possibility for delays and/or cancellations of some flights at Richmond International Airport. 

As inclement weather may impact flights to or from some destinations, you can help to make your trip go as smoothly as possible by checking with your airline – via its website or mobile app – regarding your flight status prior to leaving for the airport. In addition, passengers should have the confirmation and phone numbers to all airlines, hotels and rental car agencies they may be using to modify reservations if travel plans change. Also, the Transportation Security Administration has a downloadable app (called MyTSA) for mobile devices that tracks airport delays, offers travel tips and posts security checkpoint wait times.

When severe weather or other major events impact flight operations, some air carriers may issue travel waivers to allow you to change to alternate flights without paying a change fee. For fee waiver policies, please contact your air carrier:

Allegiant Air - www.allegiantair.com
American Airlines - www.aa.com
Delta Air Lines - www.delta.com
JetBlue Airways - www.jetblue.com
OneJet - www.onejet.com
Southwest Airlines - www.southwest.com
United Airlines - www.united.com

During incliment weather, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) typically suggests allowing extra time to travel to your destination. For the latest roadway conditions in Virginia, please visit VDOT's travel center website.



Troy M. Bell, C.M.