Passengers can expect flight delays

Although the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on airline traffic this morning, most passenger flights will not take off until later today.
“What I can tell you right now is we are anticipating beginning our flight schedule at 6 p.m. (CST),” said Elizabeth Costello, a spokesperson for Mesaba Airlines, which operates flights at the International Falls Airport.
Costello explained that because of back-logged planes grounded at airports throughout the U.S., most of the day will be spent clearing runways and organizing take-off schedules.
“They had anticipated opening at 11 a.m., however, we’re working with Northwestern Airlines and we’ll be working with them to put procedures into place,” she said.
“At first, we will certainly be handling those flights that were diverted within our system,” she added.
Flights in the U.S. were grounded Tuesday morning following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Airlines in Canada also have resumed flights and are working to bring diverted travellers to their destinations, but they cannot pass into the U.S.
“Yes, from what I understand flying in Canada is allowed as long as they don’t go into U.S. air space,” noted Fort Frances Airport manager Bill Caul.