More than 1,800 Tuesday flights canceled, hundreds more on Wednesday
More than 1,800 flights were canceled and many more delayed on Tuesday as a brutal ice storm continued to batter parts of the southern and central United States, bringing with it a second day of transportation problems.
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As wintry conditions affected an area from Texas to West Virginia, aircraft-tracking website FlightAware reported that more than 1,800 domestic U.S. flights were canceled and delayed 3,900 to about 6 p.m. ET.
By early Tuesday evening, more than 900 flights had already been canceled on Wednesday.
Texas is particularly hard hit.
Three of the state’s airports — Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW), Dallas Love Field (DAL), and Austin Bergstrom International (AUS) — are experiencing significant disruptions, according to FlightAware, with Dallas Fort-Worth seeing the majority of cancellations. As of 5 p.m. ET, nearly 1,000 flights to or from DFW have been canceled.
Dallas-based Southwest Airlines is canceling more than 500 flights, about 12% of its total schedule
Tennessee’s Nashville International Airport also saw significant cancellations, with about 140 flights canceled as of 6 p.m. ET.
Southwest, American and regional carriers Envoy Air and SkyWest were the most affected airlines.
Texas-based Southwest and American Airlines had canceled nearly 600 flights as of Tuesday night, accounting for 15% and 19% of their flight schedules, respectively.
On Monday, Southwest, which experienced an operational collapse over the holiday, canceled about 12% of its schedule. American has canceled 6% of its flights. Across all airlines, more than 1,100 flights were canceled on Monday with more than 6,000 delays.
On Monday, Southwest Airlines issued a winter weather waiver at a dozen airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. The exemption applies to affected trips between January 30th and February 1st.
American Airlines on Sunday issued a waiver for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) for travel Jan. 29 through Feb. 2.
DFW Airport tweeted Tuesday that it was well prepared for the winter weather: “Airport runways, roads, bridges and pedestrian walkways have been and continue to be treated for possible ice to ensure safety.”
A winter storm warning is in effect for much of Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth region, through 6 a.m. Thursday, February 2.
The heaviest ice accumulation is forecast for much of Texas, which could reach one to three-quarters of an inch by Thursday morning. Quarter-inch ice is possible in a larger portion of the region, including southern Oklahoma, Arkansas, northwestern Mississippi, and parts of Tennessee.
“I encourage Arkansas experiencing winter weather to avoid travel where possible and heed warnings from local officials,” Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Monday.
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