Sunday 2 April 2023

Over 1,900 US flights cancelled as ice storm hits multiple states

WASHINGTON, February 2, 2023

More than 1,900 flights have been canceled in the United States after an ice storm hit states from Texas to West Virginia. Sleet and snow continue to affect travel conditions on Wednesday morning, with more travel disruptions expected, said media reports.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned in a tweet that travelers could expect to see some snowy conditions in certain areas including Dallas, Fort Worth and Memphis, which could delay certain flights, reported Reuters.
"The ongoing winter storm will continue to bring hazardous impacts to North and Central Texas through at least early Thursday morning," The US National Weather Service said in its Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area forecast discussion, it stated.
Sleet and snow continue to affect travel conditions as more than 1,900 flights have already been canceled Wednesday morning, with the National Weather Service issuing ice and winter storm warnings for states across the South.
A total of 1,897 flights within, into, or out of the United States were canceled, while 750 flights were delayed as of Wednesday morning, reported CNN, citing the American Airlines.
"This week’s winter storm is having an impact on our operations, accounting for a significant number of cancelations," American Airlines said in a statement. 
The Fort Worth, Texas-based airline led cancellations with nearly 800 flights, while low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines followed with 501 cancellations.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned Tuesday that travelers could expect to see some snowy conditions in certain areas including Dallas/Fort Worth and Memphis, which could delay certain flights.
Southwest Airlines had issued a winter weather waiver on Sunday and had extended waivers by midday Monday to a dozen airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. The latest waivers apply to travel from January 30 to February 1, reported Forbes.
American Airlines issued a waiver on Sunday for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) that applies to travel from January 29 to February 2.
Delta and United have also issued weather waivers. Their Monday operations were not significantly impacted by cancellations.
Dallas Love Field tweeted on Monday that its team “stands ready to treat and clear 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 National Weather Service issued winter and ice storm warnings for counties in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
A total of 268,613 people remain without power in Texas as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to
At least six people died on Tuesday in auto collisions across Texas because of icy roads, reported the Associated Press.


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