BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport experienced major delays after runways closed Thursday afternoon, after an airfield light stopped working.
They resumed operations on both commercial runways at around 4:30 p.m., after making repairs.
The airport maintenance shut everything down- no flights in or out of BWI for more than an hour while crews repaired an airfield light at the intersection of the airport’s primary runways.
The interruption forced incoming flights to land at other airports.
“And that was after circling for 25 minutes and went to Reagan and then we circled Reagan for 20 minutes and then they directed us to Dulles and they told us to sit tight on the plane they were going to refuel, and then 10 minutes later they said never mind get off and go get your stuff,” said Stephanie Christine, a passenger.
The delay threw departing passengers for a loop as well.
“I got a notification when my flight’s supposed to be, it’s supposed to be about 8:15 but I can’t tell what gate it’s in so I don’t know if I should check in over there, or over there,” said Stephanie Palacios, a passenger.
By the time runways re-opened, flight delays were averaging more than an hour.
“Beyond our control I suppose. It’s an inconvenience, part of life, things happen. I wish it weren’t the case but so be it,” said John Davis, a passenger.