February 1, 2011 by staff
DFW Airport spokesman David Magana said the tracks are a layer of ice, but the teams are working to make them disappear. He said the center plans to reopen within a few hours.
The airport, one of the largest in the country, is the hub of American Airlines. Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of flights arriving were canceled because of the massive snowstorm across the Midwest.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit has suspended rail service because of the storm.
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The latest winter storm to affect U.S. air travel is already wreaking havoc on the leaflets, already caused the cancellation of more than 4,500 flights today alone, according Tothe Associated Press.
The news agency writes, “Flight tracking service FlightAware.com said that the total for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday is already more than 7,700. FlightAware says airports in Newark, NJ, and Chicago is the hardest hit, with more than 600 cancellations each. Chicago is a hub for United and American Airlines, Continental and has a hub at Newark. ”
But first, the storm blow to air travelers coming to Texas, where icy weather forced busy Dallas / Fort Worth International to suspend flight operations for about an hour this morning. This disruption came as the airport – the largest hub for American Airlines – is in the midst of preparations for the influx of passengers to the city XLV for this weekend’s Super Bowl.
And that was likely to be the beginning of problems for air travelers around the country as a massive winter storm was expected to bring bad weather to more than 30 states over the next 30 hours.
Same problem before this morning at DFW, the airlines of the United States had already canceled Monday night proactively more than 3,000 flights had been scheduled to fly today and Wednesday, according to the company Flight Tracking FlightAware.
Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport is preparing to resume flight operations after the freezing cold flights grounded for about an hour this morning.
The Associated Press reported “DFW Airport spokesman David Magana said one track was reopened after a temporary closure. And teams work to clear ice from others.”
AP adds “the airport, the eighth largest in the world, is the main hub for American Airlines. Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of incoming flights were canceled because of the massive winter storm sweeping much the country. ”
Meanwhile, delays are also reported south in the two major airports in Houston.
As of 9:43 ET, the storms are causing delays averaging about an hour in Houston and about half an hour at Houston Bush Intercontinental, according to the FAA.
For air travelers, today’s problems “in Texas are probably just the beginning.
The extreme conditions are estimated at a number of major airports over the next 48 hours, a massive winter storm brings bad weather to an area extending from New Mexico to New England.
As of 6 pm ET on Monday, the airlines of the United States had canceled more proactively than 3,000 flights that were scheduled for the spring today and Wednesday, according to the company Flight Tracking FlightAware.
The closure of a busy center like Dallas / Fort Worth is likely to add thousands of flights canceled the agreement.
And pamphlets should be prepared for more significant disruptions throughout the day as the storm threatens to give some time fatal to other major hubs – including Chicago O’Hare.
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