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More than 1,000 flights were canceled in the US on Monday due to the country’s mid-winter weather.
Most of the cancellations so far are affecting Dallas Love Field and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas.
More than 1,000 flights in or out of the United States had been canceled Monday, with more than 4,100 delays, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, as of about 5:30 p.m. ET.
About half of the cancellations were Southwest Airlines flights. Dallas-based airline, which had one Operations disrupted on holidayscanceled about 12% of its Monday schedule – 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 airline’s Christmas travel meltdown.
In contrast, fellow Texas-based carrier American Airlines canceled 6% of its Monday schedule. American had canceled about 200 U.S. flights by 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Regional carrier SkyWest has canceled more than 140 flights.
Cancellations for Tuesday’s flights have already piled up, with nearly 800 cancellations system wide by Monday evening. Southwest and American have already canceled 8% to 10% of their Tuesday schedules.
In addition to the massive cancellations in Dallas on Monday and Tuesday, about 200 Monday flights in and out of Denver International Airport in Colorado were also canceled. For Tuesday, more than 100 flights in and out of Austin, Texas had already been canceled by Monday evening.
have a Winter Storm Warning until 6 a.m. Central Time Wednesday in effect for a large portion of Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Southwest Airlines issued one Winter weather waivers The moratorium has been extended till noon on Sunday and Monday At a dozen airports In Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. The latest waivers are applicable for travel from January 30 to February 1
American Airlines Issue a waiver Sunday for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) applicable for travel from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.
Delta And united Weather has also issued a waiver. Their Monday activities were not significantly affected by the cancellation.
Dallas Love Field tweeted Monday that its team is “prepared to treat and clean surfaces to allow safe operations.” DFW was also preparing for bad weather.
Both airports urged passengers to check flight status with their airlines before heading to the airport.
The weather will also make for treacherous road conditions. Parts of Texas could get up to half an inch of snow or sleet, the National Weather Service warned. Snow accumulation is expected Across at least 15 states, Weather Prediction Center of the National Weather Service said
“If you must travel, slow down and use extreme caution, especially when approaching bridges and overpasses.” Texas is warning.
Motorists are advised to keep flashlights, food and water in their vehicles in case of an emergency. Here’s more What to Pack for Winter Driving.
Top image: Motorists in Dallas face wintry conditions. Credit: KTV
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