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Travelers experiencing more delays at CWA


Flyers at Central Wisconsin Airport are keeping a close eye on their flights.

While many flights are on schedule, others like Marge Sorenson's are not.

"I'm on vacation, came up here for a reunion and on my way back," said Sorenson.

Sorenson is trying to get home to Florida, but found she's already delayed.

"There's not much you can do, so I get a little excited, not a little upset, doesn't do you any good anyway, so you just wait and hope for the best," said Sorenson.

A few months ago, automatic federal budget cuts threatened to close air traffic control towers at more than 140 airports, including CWA.

But Congress passed a $253 million dollar bill to prevent it.

Still, CWA reports more travel troubles recently.

"Cancellations seem to be on the up tick, and that's not only here at CWA but certainly it's industry wide," said Tony Yaron, Airport Administrator.

The airport administrator also said delays are up.

He said it comes from rising costs, including fuel, leading to fewer flights and more hang ups.

They said they've seen as many as 15 cancellations a month.

That's a third more than last summer.

Airport managers said fewer flights are creating issues at larger airports, including Chicago O'Hare and that trickles down to CWA.

"They've cut a lot of flights, they've cut a lot of equipment and they've cut a lot of employees out of the system," said Yaron.

Flyers like Sorenson try to stay optimistic, despite the hassles.

"I'm just hoping that I can run fast enough and the plane can go fast enough, that we'll make it," said Sorenson.

But for now, it looks like travelers may just have to live with the uncertainty.

CWA administrators remind people to stay in touch with their airlines and keep a close watch on their flights.

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