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“Significant” numbers of cancellations due to winter weather at area airports

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St. Lawrence County and the Adirondacks dodged the worst of the severe winter storm battering much of the Northeast, but that didn’t help 20 Cape Air flights from the Ogdensburg, Massena and Saranac Lake airports that were canceled because of poor weather conditions elsewhere.

Cape Air spokeswoman Trish Lorino said the cancellations were on a “case-by-case basis,” depending on conditions in Boston and Albany — the two destinations Cape Air serves from the three north country airports.

Mrs. Lorino said a number of cancellations included flights that were grounded in other locations.

“We have a team of people here internally in our operations division that constantly monitors the weather,” she said. “It’s an ongoing thing.”

Mrs. Lorino advised people to check the status of their flights at capeair.com.

“It’s significant,” she said of the number of cancellations.

The Ogdensburg and Massena international airports have two or three regular flights daily to Albany and Boston, and Saranac Lake’s Adirondack Regional Airport has daily flights to Boston.

Adirondack Regional Airport Manager Corey Hurwitch said the primary weather concern over the last several days has been wind, with receiving airports reporting more difficulty with snow and ice.

Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority Executive Director Wade A. Davis said the Ogdensburg airport itself has experienced no problems.

“We continue to maintain the runway and we’re open for business,” Mr. Davis said.

Meanwhile, all American Eagle inbound and outbound flights at the Watertown International Airport near Dexter have been canceled until this evening at the earliest.

“It’s ever-changing,” Mrs. Lorino said of the potential for cancellations. “Safety is the number one issue.”

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