SAN FRANCISCO — Flight delays and cancellations that plagued San Francisco International Airport passengers over the weekend could continue as the airport rehabilitates one of its longest runways.
SFO is repaving its second-longest runway over the course of three months while also upgrading its runway lights, building a secondary taxiway and realigning an existing taxiway — all efforts to improve operational efficiency, the airport says.
“The rehabilitation of this runway is equivalent to paving four lanes of Interstate 101 from Millbrae Avenue to Redwood Shores,” the airport said in a news release about the project. And like major freeway construction, the runway work is creating some issues for travelers.
According to airport public information officer Doug Yakel, there were at least 220 flight cancellations after the airport closed the runway this past weekend from 6 p.m. Friday through 12 p.m. Monday, the second weekend closure in what will be regular weekend closures for the next seven weeks. The airport averages 1,250 flights per day.
Other flights were delayed, and some flights were redirected to other local airports. The Oakland airport reported seven flights rerouted from SFO since Saturday, all from Alaska Airlines. More flights could be rerouted as SFO’s runway work continues.
While SFO consulted with the Federal Aviation Administration and airline partners to develop a schedule that will mitigate delays and impact operations the least, it said in a news release, “Some delays may occur during weekend

Our departure time was delayed as we needed a time slot to arrive in San Fran and they announced 30 minutes.....I was on a bit of a tight schedule as I had 90 minutes in San Fran to get my connection to I hear my name being paged to go to the counter....where the polite young man informed me that the flight was not leaving for another two hours and of course I could not make my next flight....he checked in the computer and said the options I had were to stay in Victoria and take the flight tomorrow or to take the flight to San Fran overnight there and then get the connection tomorrow and he also said he was sorry but because the problem was not one with their airline they would not cover my expenses......I could hear passengers at other gates screaming and shouting and abusing the ticket agent like it was there fault the runway in San Fran was closed.

I was not really thrilled about all of this and made what I now know was a smart move....I asked if I could leave the secure area and then come back and I told I could as long as I had my boarding I left and returned to the check in desk I had been a little while ago..I explained my predicament and the lady spent a few minutes on the computer and gave me this option......
Take a flight at 4.45 pm today to Seattle, overnight there and then get a direct flight to Tucson tomorrow morning at 11.35 am....and again she also told me they would not cover expenses.....this really was a no brainer I did want to go anywhere near San they had to retrieve my suitcase and then I checked in at the Delta counter and i had to pay 25 dollars for my bag which I tried to explain I had already paid that amount to United but it fell on deaf ears....
So off through security again and now to a different boarding area.....I thought about getting a hotel close to the airport and knew it would be expensive so I got out my computer and checked air bnb near the airport in Seattle..I found a suitable one that gave instant booking, which meant i was guaranteed the I booked it....the site should me that i had double booked because I had already a reservation in Tucson which I could not I am out a few dollars!!!
So off I go..

I never did get to Victoria this trip but this is a great photo of down town!!
My plane...
Not really clear shots!!

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Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, and it is on the Decade Volcano list.[6] Because of its large amount of glacial ice, Mt. Rainier could produce massive lahars that could threaten the entire Puyallup River valley, and poses a grave threat to the southern sections of the Seattle metropolitan area, a city of over 650,000 people with more than 3.7 million living in its metropolitan area.

I like the above shot!!

No problems going through USA Immigration and I quickly caught a cab and 8 dollars later I was at the air is just a bedroom in a small apartment, very nice but no use of the kitchen.....
I contacted airbnb and explained my issue and asked if they could give a refund on my Tucson booking for tonight but unfortunately they this whole episode will cost me about 150 dollars and you can rest assured a nice letter will be written to United Airlines.....
It was now 8 pm and I was a tad hungry so I took a walk and all I could find about 10 blocks away was a 7 - i bought some milk and yogurt.
So quite an eventful day and really i am lucky it could have been much worse supposing I had a connection to the Far east or a cruise....
Tomorrow I fly at 11.35 am a direct flight to Tucson arriving at 2.30 pm!!!

Yashi Kochi!!