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Travelers react to Lubbock airport shutdown


Shortly before 6:00 a.m. Monday morning, Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport shut down. Passengers wishing to fly in or out of Lubbock had to make other arrangements and some even had to cancel their plans all together.

"We were supposed to be back at 5, but I don't know where to go and we got dropped off and we are stuck here right now," said one traveler.

These unexpected flight cancellations left a lot of travelers uncertain what their next move will be.

"We are from Canada and I don't know what we are going to do. We are stuck right now. I don't know where to go," stated another.

Nevertheless, some travelers were in good spirits about the lousy weather conditions and tried to make the best of it.

"I'm a seasoned traveler, so as a result, you just roll with the punches. I think I'll go home and have some cornbread and soup," said another traveler.

Lubbock's Southwest Airlines Station manager, Ronnie Todd said although the airport was closed all day, they were very busy rebooking for tomorrow. 

"Due to the blizzard conditions, poor visibility...a lot of employees not being able to make it to work and to be safe for everybody, we just canceled all flights today and have everybody call reservations and just rebook for tomorrow," said Todd.

Todd said he expects all flights to be full on Tuesday. The airport will re-open Tuesday at 4:30 a.m.

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