JIA cancels Christmas Eve flights due to freezing temperatures

According to AAA, 6.3 million Floridians are expected to travel for the holidays and 336,145 will travel by plane.

Some travelers may need to make other vacation plans to get to their Christmas destination.

Jacksonville International Airport says 6,953 passengers were initially departing the JIA today. However, winter frost puts a lot of Christmas air travel on hold.

“Even if I have to fly the plane, I will,” says Katarina Nunes.

Nunes lives in Jax but she and her son Victor are trying to get home to Rhode Island so they can spend Christmas with their family.

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In a tweet, Jacksonville International Airport said, “Winter weather will likely impact some travel plans today. Remember to check the flight status with your airline for the most up-to-date information on your itinerary.

“What time is your flight due to leave?” It must have been 12:30 p.m. and now it’s 1:05 a.m. On Christmas Eve, do you and your son have any plans if your flight is cancelled? No, no plans at all, so it would be very sad if we don’t get there,” Nunes says.

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Action News Jax took a look at the JIA website today to see how many flights were due from Jacksonville. We noticed around 5:30 am that there were 38 scheduled flights departing. At noon, we found that seven of them had been cancelled.

Later in the day we found out there were 10 cancellations, eight of which were departures. The JIA says it expects more cancellations as temperatures drop.

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