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Some travelers going on day 3 of being stuck at Jacksonville International Airport due to Sandy

10:40 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Several passengers at Jacksonville International Airport are going on day three of flight cancellations and delays and there's no telling when airlines will get back to their regular schedules. Some have found alternate routes of travel while others are just waiting it out.

FLIGHT TRACKER: JIA arrivals and departures

William Schaff is from Rhode Island and has probably spent more time at JIA than he's ever spent in Florida. He's going on his second day of flight cancellations in trying to get back to Providence and now he's spending the night at JIA to catch a 6:30 a.m. Wednesday flight.

"Every day I'm here, I'm spending money. I'm trying not to but I really don't have the means to spend much, so," said Schaff.  

Delays have also kept Barrett Washburne from getting back to Manhattan. Luckily, he has family in Jacksonville and was able to stay with them while his flights got rescheduled, cancelled, and then rescheduled again.  

"Tomorrow we have a reservation into LaGuardia, hopefully, but I know LaGuardia's flooded so she's going to try and get us a flight to JFK," said Washburne.

He's been in communication with neighbors in New York and is expecting to get home to no power or running water.

"Our neighbor is taking care of our cat and everything is fine with the apartment. We just don't have any electricity or water and people's cell phones are starting to die," said Washburne.  

Some Georgia-Florida fans who were in town for the game are still trying to make their way back up north as well, and what was meant to be a weekend in Jacksonville turned into a much longer trip.

"It's a little bit more money out of pocket," said Shawn Murphy, who is trying to fly back to Boston.

The Galls from Cleveland are also hoping to fly home Tuesday night after their flight was cancelled Monday, but they say the delays haven't been that much of an inconvenience.

"It cost a day of vacation. Fortunately, school got cancelled so they didn't miss a day of school. Other than that it's just time," said Peter Gall.

The story is the same for many at JIA. Some are stranded and some are finally getting home after delayed flights to Jacksonville.

If you're looking for alternate ways to travel, check with Jacksonville Greyhound Bus stations. Bus routes going north of Richmond, Virginia may possibly resume Wednesday, according to District Manager, Emma Gray.

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