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Aberdeen Airport functioning after canceled flights

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After days of rescheduled flights and quiet runways, the Aberdeen Regional Airport is getting back into the swing of things.

From Saturday night to Tuesday afternoon flights were postponed because of a broken de-icing truck.

Having a function "de-icer" is crucial for an airport in this part of the country.

"It puts a thing layer of glycol water over the aircraft…"  Mike Wilson, the Aberdeen Regional Airport Manager said. "…When the plane is up there in high altitudes ice forms and it isn't safe."

The airport is scheduled to receive a new de-icing truck from Omaha, Nebraska on Tuesday night.

However, due to the warm temperatures and low moisture Tuesday afternoon, the airport was able to schedule a flight in the early evening.

Many passengers who had their flights rescheduled had to deal with the consequences.

"I was supposed to be in Tampa Bay by now for a meeting," Gary Sharp said. "I got a phone call from Delta at 5 o'clock yesterday and learned I had to reschedule."

While Sharp had to rearrange his plans, he understands things like this happen.

"Hey it happens.  We live in climate and things do happen," Sharp said. "But, we are fortunate to have an airport in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  I'll get there, it will work."

Delta Airlines issued the following statement to those affected by the delays.

"Customers inconvenienced by cancellations at the Aberdeen, South Dakota airport were offered hotel accommodations as well as complementary travel vouchers. Delta has rebooked those affected customers on alternate flights to minimize the impact to their travel plans. We sincerely apologize to our customers for the inconvenience and expect to resume normal operations shortly."  

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