Amtrak routes replenish as flight cancellations proceed throughout vacation journey

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PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL — The influence of this week’s journey meltdown extends far past airports. Passengers are taking issues into their very own palms and getting them the place they should be, in the absolute best method.

“Driving did not work. Flying did not work,” an Amtrak passenger advised WPTV Wednesday earlier than boarding the 19-hour prepare. “It is a lengthy prepare journey.”

One other passenger mentioned, “I used to be nonetheless on the lookout for the aircraft till this morning.”

Travelers wait to pick up their bags at a Southwest Airlines baggage counter after a flight is canceled at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.

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Vacationers wait to select up their baggage at a Southwest Airways baggage counter after a flight is canceled at Los Angeles Worldwide Airport in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 26, 2022.

On Wednesday afternoon, January third was the subsequent out there seat on the Amtrak prepare certain for New York.

As passengers and airways grapple with nationwide airline cancellations, vacationers in South Florida are shuffling between airports and clinging to the hope of having the ability to safe a seat on the aircraft.

A Southwest Airways passenger advised WPTV, “I simply paid Uber $208 so I might go to the airport and speak to the man behind the counter to purchase a ticket.”

Rick Versace Owner of A1A Airport and Limousine Service

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Rick Versace, proprietor of A1A Airport and Limousine Service, explains how routes have grown considerably.

Rick Versace owns A1A Airport and Limousine Service. He mentioned that usually he runs 200 routes a day, however that he has greater than doubled in every week.

“In 35 years, that is essentially the most cancellations I’ve ever had,” he mentioned. So that they got here to West Palm Seashore and I’ve to select them up in West Palm Seashore and drive them to Fort Lauderdale, the place their automobile is parked. no matter it takes to convey them residence.”

Some airways supply refunds for added prices resulting from cancellation, similar to meals, lodges, and different transportation.

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