Getting There by Air

Flight delays for the first half of the year are at the highest levels in at least 13 years and perhaps the worst ever. The government didn't start tracking comparable data until the mid 1990s.

For passengers at Eppley Airfield, things aren't so bad until they get to other cities.

Eppley saw delays Monday night because of the weather. Even so, passengers seemed satisfied with their travels from this location.

Karolyn Sherman of Fremont said, "I think it's fantastic. I really do. I have no trouble getting in and out of here."

UNO professor Dr. Brent Bowen is a national expert on aviation. He tracks airline satisfaction with the airline quality rating.

Dr. Bowen says most delays in Omaha don't happen because of Eppley Airfield.

Dr. Bowen says, "Sometimes there's significant problems to overcome and Omaha passengers are generally delayed at the major hubs."

Major hubs with the most issues Dr. Bowen says include cities to north and east including Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis. But that's not the only issue.

He says, "So many small aircraft are flying and so few seats are available that when there is a delay and you miss a flight finding an empty seat to get on back can take days."

Even though Omaha doesn't have the baggage of other airports, some passenger see a definite change in the air.

Denise Lueke says, "We haven't experienced delays. I see that on the news all of the time -- just a more a non-caring attitude among some of the airlines."

We spoke with a limo driver Monday night does quite of bit of business here Eppley and she says she's been seeing more delays during the past few months from other cities including Denver.


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