Aviation

More than 1,000 flights canceled at DFW Airport

More than half of the scheduled flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport were canceled on Monday as a sleet and ice storm hit North Texas.
More than half of the scheduled flights out of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport were canceled on Monday as a sleet and ice storm hit North Texas. Courtesy of DFW Airport

Airport workers were prepared for another long night Monday to keep runways clear at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport as airlines canceled more flights for today.

About 8 p.m. Monday, an American Airlines jet arriving from San Antonio slid off a taxiway as it rolled toward Terminal A. No one was injured, airport officials said. But the front landing gear got stuck in the mud. Passengers had to get off the plane on the taxiway and were taken by bus to the terminal.

American Airlines canceled 1,089 arrivals and departures from D/FW on Monday, more than half of its usual daily schedule at its largest hub, as the winter storm left the typically buzzing airport largely empty.

There were only a few stranded passengers as the Fort Worth-based carrier had started notifying customers about cancellations late Sunday night. Another 175 American flights for Tuesday had already been canceled as of Monday afternoon.

“We are keeping a close eye on start-up for [Tuesday] morning,” said American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely.

Customers were being advised to check with the airline before leaving for DFW to see if their flight has been canceled. American offered customers the option to change their travel plans with no change fee if their flight was scheduled to depart DFW on Sunday or Monday.

According to aviation website FlightStats, 1,602 flights were canceled across the U.S. on Monday and another 4,870 flights were delayed. At DFW Airport, 534 arrivals and 580 departures were canceled, the most of any airport in the U.S. on Monday, the site said.

Yet throughout the mix of sleet and ice that fell at DFW on Monday, airport crews were able to keep four runways continuously open for airline operations as most departing aircraft were being de-iced before take-off. Roads throughout the airport remained in good condition although travelers were warned that roads might refreeze overnight.

“Given these ongoing conditions, DFW is advising drivers making their way to the airport to give themselves plenty of extra time to meet their flights, to exercise caution given the possibility of slick spots and to watch for traffic control officers and possible detours within the airport,” the airport said in a statement.

About 300 passengers spent Sunday night on cots at DFW, and concessions remained open until midnight for the stranded travelers, airport spokesman David Magana said.

At Dallas Love Field, 54 arrivals and 65 departures were canceled but by Monday afternoon the airport said it was back to normal operations with only a few delays due to winter weather at other airports.

Southwest Airlines said it had canceled about 120 flights across its network because of the weather.

Staff writer Monica S. Nagy contributed to this report.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631

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