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More than 1,000 flights were canceled in the United States on Monday as wintry weather moved into the center of the country, with disruptions continuing through Tuesday.
So far, the worst affected airports are Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Austin-Bergstrom International and Houston-Bush International Airports in Texas.
Two other western airports, Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas and Denver International Airport in Colorado, are also experiencing significant delays.
As of 11 p.m. ET Monday, just over 1,100 flights in, in, or out of the United States had been cancelled, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, with more than 5,000 delays. More than 900 flights have already been canceled on Tuesday.
About half of these cancellations are Southwest Airlines flights. The Dallas-based airline, which had Meltdowns during the holidayscanceled about 12% of its schedule on Monday — about 480 flights, according to FlightAware.
Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As recently as Monday morning, CEO Bob Jordan was outlining fixes to prevent a repeat of the company’s Christmas travel meltdown.
American Airlines and regional carrier SkyWest have also experienced many delays and cancellations.
there Winter storm warning Effective in much of Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, until 6 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, February 2.
Southwest Airlines issued a Waiver of winter weather on Sunday and extended waivers by noon Monday to dozens of airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The latest waivers apply to travel from 30 January to 1 February.
American Airlines issued a waiver Sunday for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) applicable to travel from January 29 to February 2.
Dallas Love Field tweeted Monday that its team “stands ready to treat and clean surfaces to allow for safe operations.” DFW was also preparing for bad weather.
Both airports urged travelers to check with their airlines for flight status before going to the airport.
The weather will also lead to treacherous road conditions. The National Weather Service warns that up to half an inch of ice or sleet could arrive in parts of Texas. Ice buildup is expected Across at least 15 states, the Weather Forecasting Center of the National Weather Service He said.
“If you must travel, slow down and use extreme caution especially when approaching overpasses and overpasses,” Texas Warning says.
Motorists are advised to stock their vehicles with a flashlight, food and water in case of an emergency. Here more about What do you pack for driving in the winter?.
Top photo: Motorists in Dallas are facing wintry conditions. Credit: KTVT
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