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What Happens To The Connecting Plane?  
User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5071 times:

OK, this may seem like a silly question, but it's one I really would like the answer for. Last Sunday and Monday, BDA airport was under hurricane watch and was shut down for two days. On the Tuesday, Delta cancelled their BOS-BDA flight because of possible weather conditions.
My question is this: the flight that flew into BOS to make the BDA connection....what happens to that plane? Does it get switched to another route, or what? I mean, that's three days worth of planes that obviously can't just sit there.....
And what about the flight crew? I was trying to imagine the logistics behind re-arranging schedules and crew and decided that it must be a nightmare....
Thanks, all!

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User currently offlineCLE757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 1193 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 5064 times:

It probably was used for another route, I'm sure it just didnt sit. May have been sent to a hub for a flight that had a maintenance problem.

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User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 479 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4963 times:

This is nothing.... imagine when Miami shuts down due to a hurricane, every single flight is cancelled, and every single aircraft leaves. Now THAT must be a scheduling nightmare. Happened twice last year, and the airport was closed for a couple of days the second time.

User currently offlineS5FA170 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 534 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4761 times:

It is a scheduling nightmare.

From a crew perspective, they probably lose the pay (depending on their contract - if a flight cancels for weather or maintenance they are not pay protected) and they might have been given an extended layover in BOS to pick their trip back up when they would have normally returned from BDA.


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User currently offlineJAFA From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4742 times:

Here at DTW when there is a major weather system like a hurricane, you will see extra aircraft parked all over the place. Some on the deice pad in summer, or more than the usual amount at the maintenance hangers.

The airplane just sits until its next scheduled flight that doesn't involve the affected area. As far as the crew it depends on the airline. You could go home if it was just a one day trip, or pick up the unaffected part of the trip if its a multiple day trip.

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