United cancels four flights to Eagle County due to Hurricane Harvey
August 29, 2017
EAGLE COUNTY — Some of the impact from Hurricane Harvey is being felt at the Eagle County Regional Airport.
United Airlines runs twice-weekly air service between Houston and Eagle County. Eagle County Aviation Director Kip Turner said the storm canceled the incoming Saturday flight as well as the Sunday outbound flight. With Houston's airport closed and its reopening uncertain, today's United flight to Eagle County has been canceled, along with Thursday's flight back to Houston. Saturday's incoming flight depends on when George Bush Intercontinental Airport reopens to commercial traffic.
Those flight cancellations meant travelers in Eagle County had to make other plans.
United Airlines spokeswoman Maddie King said passengers waiting for a flight back to Houston were given the option of a travel waiver if they were traveling to or from Houston.
The most likely option for people in Eagle County was a flight on United to Denver. From there, people can go almost anywhere the airline flies.
King said the travel waiver — available at http://www.united.com — is being extended to any travel dates booked between Friday and Sept. 12 and can be rescheduled for new dates as late as Nov. 15.
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King noted that United has launched its own relief effort for storm victims. That effort, run through http://www.crowdrise.com, has already raised more than $1 million for relief efforts. The airline is matching cash donations with $200,000 of its own money and is awarding up to 3 million bonus miles for customers who contribute to the crowdrise campaign.
United has also loaded a pair of its biggest airliners with relief supplies. Four flights from Chicago will each deliver 36,000 pounds of relief supplies.
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