Flight Passengers Stranded in Duluth

Baihly Warfield
Created: April 11, 2019 10:37 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Three flights were diverted to the Duluth International Airport thanks to Thursday's storm. 

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One came from Chicago Midway, one from Toronto, and one from Saskatoon.

"Minneapolis was closed, then it was open, then it was closed. Then we were going to Madison, then that was closed or something. So then we came to Duluth," Patricia Roe said. 

Roe was a passenger on a flight from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, bound for Minneapolis. Her final destination was Philadelphia. 

Scott Silbernagel and Rob Denis were on the same flight, but they were headed to Dallas for a convention. 

"Delta's providing us hotel vouchers. So we're just in line, we're getting our vouchers for our hotels, and then probably be back here for a 5 a.m. flight. Hopefully," Silbernagel said.

They spent most of the day in the airport, waiting to see if they would be able to get out. 

"Hanging out in the airport, killing time on our phones," Denis described their day. "Delta came in I think with Dominoes Pizza and they fed everyone upstairs, so that was pretty neat of them."

Roe was frustrated by how difficult it was to leave. 

"I'm trying to get to a hotel, but there's no cabs or Ubers or shuttles," she said. "I mean, I don't get it. In a city like Duluth where there's lots of snow all the time, I don't get why there aren't cabs here to take us." 

Eventually, the airport was able to arrange a few cabs to continuously circle back and keep picking up passengers. Silbernagel and Denis stayed in good spirits. 

"It's Mother Nature. It happens, right?" Silbernagel said. "So I can't be angry, you can't be mad about things like this. It happens."

A United flight was able to take off from Duluth, but the two Delta flights remained grounded. 


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