Friday airport delays not due to the ILS problem - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/5/10

Friday airport delays not due to the Instrument Landing System problem

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There are still several delays at the Lubbock airport, however, Friday's delays have nothing to do with the Instrument Landing System that caused dozens of delays and cancellations earlier this week.

The delays and early morning cancellations on Friday are mostly due to weather in other parts of the country. Director of Aviation, James Loomis, says because of the good weather that Lubbock is seeing now, there shouldn't be as many problems flying in and out of Lubbock.

The ILS has not been operational since Tuesday. The ILS is a crucial device that helps planes land safely in bad weather. So with all of the bad weather that the South Plains has had lately, it's a bad time for the instrument to break.

Airlines cancelled more than a dozen flights earlier this week because many of the planes flying in and out of Lubbock just don't have the capability to land in bad weather without the ILS.

"Some of the airplanes flying commercial operations in and out of this airport have the RNF system and some don't," says Loomis. "It's unfortunate that our largest carrier doesn't have the RNF system and that would be Southwest."

The Lubbock Airports says the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) owns the ILS equipments and they are at the Lubbock Airport working to fix it, but they don't know how long that will take.

With a chance of more bad weather coming early next week, several more flights could be affected, so if you plan to fly, keep an eye on those cancellations and delays.

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