Weather slows some flights in, out of Augusta Regional Airport

Patsy Bunch considered taking a cab from Augusta to Charlotte when her 5:30 p.m. flight was canceled Tuesday because of rain.


At home, in Minneapolis, her turkey was already out and defrosting, and her three sons – ages 2, 3, and 10 months – were ready to see their mom, who was in Georgia for two weeks to attend her aunt’s funeral.

Luckily, U.S. Airways, which offered to pay the taxi fare, upgraded Bunch to a 7:20 p.m. flight to Charlotte.

“I am glad they fixed it,” said Bunch, 20.

“At first, I did not know what I was going to do,” she said. “For a second, I thought I wouldn’t be home for the holidays.”

Bunch said this was her first round-trip flight.

Among other things, she said she learned always to board with a fully charged phone.

“In my first trip, I have experienced all the joys and challenges of flying,” she said. “I can’t wait to get home.”

In an already busy holiday travel week, messy weather has slowed flights in and out of Augusta Regional Airport.

Late on Tuesday, a winter weather system moving northeast canceled one U.S. Airways flight to Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina and delayed another Delta
flight to Atlanta 30 minutes, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ticket agents in Augusta said the wet weather is not expected to last and that delays, although a drag, are expected this time of the year, primarily because of the some 43 million Americans expected to travel for the holiday weekend, according to AAA.


It’s going to be a cold Thanksgiving.

After a band of lingering showers moves out of Augusta to the northeast Wednesday morning, a cold front is expected to settle in for the weekend, said Chris Liscinsky, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s regional headquarters in West Columbia, S.C.

Liscinski said the weather will remain dry but cold through Sunday, with morning temperatures in the mid-20s and highs only reaching the upper 40s.

“It’s going to be chilly,” Liscinsky said. “Be sure to wear a coat while out shopping.”

Liscinski said the area will receive about 2 inches of rainfall before the weather clears.

Starting on Saturday, temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-50s, he said.

– Wes Brown, staff writer