TEXAS — Wintry conditions caused major flight delays and even cancelations at major airports in Texas Monday going into Tuesday at Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airport. Both airports were forced to cancel flights as historic temperatures hit the metroplex Sunday night.
DFW International Airport began operating under a traffic management program in an effort to "ensure safe and efficient travel."
“Per the FAA, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving at DFW,” the airport tweeted. “This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 34 minutes. Please confirm your flight status before heading to the airport."
As of Tuesday, it listed multiple flight closures by destination, including the Abilene Regional Airport, the Houston William P. Hobby Airport, the George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport, the Jackson International Airport, and the Capital Airport. According to Flightaware.com, at least 800 flights got canceled in the past 24 hours. All inbound flights were currently being held at their origin until 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Across town, Dallas Love Field Airport warned customers Sunday night to expect cancelations or delays this week due to the winter storm. The airline shifted to operating on limited schedules as a result. Initially closed Monday to incoming travelers, parking garages A and B reopened Tuesday morning. In the last 24 hours, Flightaware.com reported at least 80 cancelations at its airport.
Austin‘s Bergstrom International Airport shut down Monday morning as snow and ice covered the area. The flight cancelations lingered into Tuesday as all arrival and departure flights were scratched. Unsure of what air travel over the next few days looked like, officials assured customers they’d keep them posted as more information became available.
“We know many of you are eager to know what the rest of the week looks like for flights,” BIA wrote on Twitter. “We don’t yet have a detailed outlook, but we expect cancelations to continue as the National Weather Service for Austin/San Antonio predicts freezing rain tonight.”
The largest airport in Houston, the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, closed Monday because of the accumulation of ice on the airfield. More than 700 flights were canceled as the airline cited “wintry conditions” as the reason. After expecting to reopen at 1 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the Houston Bush Airport pushed the time back to 8 p.m.
“We will update you on any changes to that timeframe,” the airline tweeted. “Our crews are working tirelessly to have the airfield back in service. We ask passengers to contact their airline before coming to the airport.”
Hobby Airport, the second largest airport in Houston, was expected to be closed until 4 p.m. Tuesday as well. At least 140 flights were canceled, per the airline’s Twitter. On Monday, crews worked to de-ice roadways for safe travel. But temps got “too low” for them to continue.
Unable to clear enough snow on the airfield, San Antonio International Airport canceled flights through Tuesday. The airline said that “passenger safety remains the number one priority” during this time.
For detailed info on flight cancelations or delays, airports encourage passengers to check with airlines on flight status.