Low visibility at Tulsa International Airport delays flights

By DAVID HARPER World Staff Writer | Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 12:00 am
A low cloud ceiling and poor visibility led to flight delays and cancellations at Tulsa International
Airport on Friday.
The issue likely will recur occasionally as runway reconstruction continues at the airport.
Tulsa International spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said weather conditions on Friday were hindering
use of the “crosswind” runway, which is one of the runways normally available during the project.
On Jan. 20, reconstruction resumed on the airport’s primary commercial service runway. In
announcing the work, the airport warned that travelers might experience delays or cancellations when
weather conditions prohibited the use of the east-west “crosswind” runway.
Among the problematic meteorological conditions listed were a cloud ceiling below 500 feet or
visibility less than 1.5 miles.
National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski said that as of 6 p.m. Friday, the cloud
ceiling at the airport was 300 feet and visibility was three-quarters of a mile.
By 3 a.m. Saturday, the cloud ceiling was expected to be at 1,200 feet, and visibility would be at 4
miles, Jankowski said.
The official National Weather Service forecast calls for cloudy skies on a regular basis throughout
the coming week. The brightest forecast during that period calls for partly sunny skies on Monday.
However, a mixed bag of precipitation is expected Monday night and Tuesday.
Higgins said that when planes can’t arrive in a timely fashion, a “domino” effect is created that affects
departures, as well. She encouraged travelers to stay in touch with their airlines.
This fourth and final phase of runway reconstruction is expected to last until June, according to the
airport’s website.

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