Grounding of Boeing planes could impact Tallahassee travelers

Boeing 737 Max 8 plane background / Photo: Boeing / (MGN)
Boeing 737 Max 8 plane background / Photo: Boeing / (MGN)
Published: Mar. 13, 2019 at 7:24 PM EDT
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By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News

March 13, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- The Boeing planes grounded by the president Wednesday do not fly out of Tallahassee International Airport, but travelers could experience changes and delays in connecting flights in other cities, airport officials say.

Jim Durwin, Interim Deputy Director of Aviation at Tallahassee International Airport, says Delta does not have Boeing 737 Max 8 and 737 Max 9 planes in its fleet. American Airlines does, he says, but does not fly them in or out of Tallahassee.

The grounding of those planes could impact college students heading out of town on spring break. Durwin says this week at the Tallahassee airport is similar to the holiday rush. He estimates about 3,000 people a day are flying in and out of the airport, many of them spring break travelers.

Durwin suggests all travelers check on the status of their flights before going to the airport.