Flights once again moving between Albany, Florida following Irma
Air travel is still not the same, days after Hurricane Irma left its mark on the state of Florida. People were finally able to get out of, or return to, the Capital Region on Wednesday with the first day of non-stop flights between Albany and Florida.
"We were right in the middle of the storm, it was the scariest thing I’ve ever been through," Schenectady resident Amanda Thompson said.
She returned on Wednesday from a vacation that turned into outrunning the storm, for her and her husband Marc. They landed in the sunshine state last Saturday, the 3rd..
"We flew down to the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and then heard about the storm and we had to get out of there as quickly as possible," Thompson said.
"The roads were so crowded because of everyone evacuating from Florida and the Keys," her husband added.
The Thompsons had to reroute their original Saturday flight to Wednesday, out of Orlando.
"It's a period of time that takes two or three days to really reestablish the system," airport spokesman Doug Myers told CBS6.
Myers says with some returning to the Capital Region, others actually sought Florida-bound flights.
"Over the course of the last week we've probably lost 12, maybe 14, non-stop flights to Florida, and these are people who want to get to Florida to check on their homes."
On Wednesday, they were able to do that.
"We didn't lose power - the house is in good shape,” Florida resident Bill Shappy said. “But outside of where we are, a lot of damage, a lot of trees down, a lot of water… But we're going back to our house in one piece, which is great, we're very lucky.”
More passengers told us they braved the storm and came up north to escape the aftermath of downed trees, power lines, and water outages.
But most we spoke with - coming and leaving - say they're just looking forward to life hopefully going back to normal.
Air travel will continue to veer back to normal at Albany International – the airport expects more flights to and from Florida on Thursday and in the coming days.