Albany International Airport braces for Earl’s effects

ALBANY, N.Y. — High school senior Emily Rouse can't wait to get back to Atlanta.

“I just want to hurry up and go home, because I've already missed like 6 days of school,” said Rouse, who was in town for a funeral. “So, yeah, I just want to go home.”

Rouse is lucky she's leaving sooner rather than later, because depending on what track Hurricane Earl takes, airline travel may be a nightmare this Labor Day weekend.

Officials at the Albany International Airport say they're ready to go.

“While we're not going to get hit with the storm, we are going to be the port for a lot of east coast aircraft,” said Doug Myers, the airport's Director of Public Affairs.

Up to 50 commercial planes and private jets may arrive at the airport starting Friday, and its fixed base operator, Million Air, says their hangar space is filled to capacity. Even some international flights that can't reach their expected destinations could be temporarily housed at the airport.

“We are working on a plan to handle any international diversions that may come to Albany, because of difficulty landing in Kennedy, Newark or Philadelphia,” said Myers.

Many airlines are waiving fees for passengers traveling to affected areas over the next 2 days. But, with 33 percent of travelers out of Albany heading to Florida, officials here aren't expecting many headaches. Instead, they're focusing their efforts on problems from other parts of the country.

Cape Air, an airline which operates 60 planes out of Barnstable, Massachusetts, is relocating 25 of their jets to the airport Friday morning as they wait for Earl to pass.

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