Flights from SLO to SFO could be delayed or canceled this summer

Travelers enter the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
Travelers enter the terminal at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

UPDATE: According to San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport officials, passengers with questions about any potential delays or cancellations for their flights should contact the airline directly. Otherwise, passengers can check the airport website, www.sloairport.com, for flight statuses updated every 10 minutes.

Original story: Travelers flying from San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport north to San Francisco may experience delays or flight cancellations through the summer, according to airport officials.

During the final phase of a federally mandated runway safety area construction project at San Francisco International Airport, which began in May and is scheduled to last through September, two runways will be closed and certain flights are expected to be delayed or canceled based on traffic volume and weather factors, according to San Francisco airport officials.

San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, which primarily flies routes to San Francisco and Los Angeles, has already been affected by the construction, according to Assistant General Manager Craig Piper.

Piper said that some flights have been canceled after customers had already arrived to the terminal, but that generally United Airlines, which operates the San Luis Obispo-San Francisco route, has been able to directly notify customers prior to the flight.

With two parallel runways closed, the San Francisco airport has to manage days with high-traffic volume as well as visibility issues because of poor weather, Piper said.

The San Luis Obispo airport flies approximately five flights per day to San Francisco. Local flights to Los Angeles will not be affected.

A media representative for United Airlines did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.