Madison airport not affected by LAX delays
Shooting at Calif. airport leaves some travelers nervous
The cancellations, delays and overall chaos that followed a shooting at the international airport in Los Angeles didn't have much of an impact at Dane County Regional Airport Friday.
On a typical day more than a dozen flights leaving Madison could be bound for Los Angeles, a spokesman for the Madison airport said. Brent McHenry, director of marketing and communications, said Fridays are one of the airport's busiest travel days.
"We don't have any direct, non-stops to L.A. but the majority of our flights do connect through there," McHenry said. "If you're flying on Delta or United or American, you can connect through any of their hubs. Delta's Hub Minneapolis or Detroit. United's Hub Denver or of course American's Hub Chicago or Dallas are all good ways to get to LAX."
He said some travelers may have experienced some complications after leaving Madison.
"It doesn't have a direct impact today, we're just seeing some minor weather delays," McHenry explained. "What's impacting travelers might be at that next destination at the Hub. But we're not seeing a huge impact as things begin to ramp back up at LAX."
News of the shooting had some fliers a little nervous.
"I didn't notice but my girlfriend texted me she was pretty nervous," said Sander Hendriks, who is traveling from Chicago.
Sujee Dhnudhlingutla has traveled through LAX many times. Friday he was heading to northern California.
"Well it's a little scary, but I think Ontario is a little far from LAX so I think it should be OK. But what happened is unfortunate," Dhnudhlingutla said.
"I'm still pretty comfortable about it," said Jeremy Rollefson, from Rockford. Rollefson lived in California for several years.
While investigators search for clues as to why this happened, he said moving forward may be the best way to heal.
"Sometimes you're just in the wrong place at the wrong time, it's nothing to be worried about cause if you worry about it I feel that putting more stress on yourself is just going to make it worse."
About 1.6 million passengers traveled through the Dane County Regional Airport last year.
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