- The Washington Times - Monday, November 29, 2004

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Hundreds of stranded passengers awaited flights out of Reno-Tahoe International Airport yesterday, a day after a snowstorm and an equipment malfunction forced dozens of flights to be canceled or delayed.

About 2,000 people were unable to book flights out of the city until today or tomorrow because most flights were already full on the airport’s busiest day of the year, spokesman Brian Kulpin said.

The airport traditionally handles 11,000 passengers on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

“It couldn’t have happened at a worse time of the year,” Mr. Kulpin said. “You’re talking about people who have to get back to work and people who have to get back to family.”

At nearby Lake Tahoe and elsewhere in the Sierra Nevada, a winter storm system that moved in from the Northwest dumped up to 18 inches of snow, delaying thousands of Thanksgiving holiday motorists heading over mountain passes.

At the airport, 41 departures were canceled or delayed during a seven-hour period on Saturday after a malfunction in the airport’s instrument landing system. Twenty-eight arrivals also were affected.

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