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Hundreds of flights delayed at DFW due to high wind

An airplane takes off as rain clouds move over DFW Airport during a spring storm. (Star-Telegram/ Richard W. Rodriguez)
An airplane takes off as rain clouds move over DFW Airport during a spring storm. (Star-Telegram/ Richard W. Rodriguez) Star-Telegram

Heavy rainstorms and high winds caused hundreds of flight delays at North Texas airports on Wednesday

According to Flightstats.com, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport had 516 arrivals and 588 departures delayed and over 283 flights had been canceled as of 5:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration put a ground delay program into effect around noon on Wednesday, lasting until 9 p.m. because of high winds. Flight are being delayed an average of 105 minutes.

Earlier this morning, the FAA slowed the pace of air traffic in and out of the airport during the heaviest part of Tropical Depression Bill, said DFW spokesman David Magaña.

“DFW Airport advises customers to frequently check their flight information for the latest updates,” Magaña said in an email statement. “DFW reports all public roads at the Airport are open and operating normally, and DFW police and other personnel are monitoring road conditions for any potential issues.”

American Airlines spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said the airline offered customers a flexible travel waiver on Tuesday in case they wanted to reschedule their trip due to the weather.

“The wind and rain associated with Tropical Depression Bill is causing some delays and a few cancellations,” Huguely said. “Our DFW team is working hard to take care of our customers impacted by the weather today.”

Dallas Love Field had 22 arrivals and departure flights canceled and 84 flights were delayed.

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