D/FW AIRPORT — Heavy winds in North Texas and blizzard conditions elsewhere caused delays and cancellations at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Monday.
The Federal Aviation Administration says some arrivals were getting into the airport two-and-a-half hours later than planned. Gusts up to 33 mph were recorded at D/FW on Monday afternoon. More than 115 flights were canceled.
"They said it was for our own safety," said Mike Herren of Shreveport, who was stuck at DFW during a layover from Tuscon home. He said the flight to DFW was bumpy, but tolerable.
Hotels near DFW were completely booked by late Monday night.
Max Thinner was lucky to find a room. He was trying to get to snow-covered Kansas City but had his flight canceled.
"It's weather related...so I'm sort of on my own and booked my reservation," he said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said some arrivals were getting into the airport two-and-a-half hours later than planned. Departures were also delayed for many flights.
Airport spokesman David Magana said the cancellations are due to wind and the strong winter storm hitting to the north and west of Dallas.
The airport has seven runways, and the FAA had warned five might have to close due to strong winds from the west, called crosswinds. But that never happened. DFW did institute its Irregular Operations plan, leaving security and restaurants open later than normal, in anticipation of many stranded passengers through the night.
The winds bring a cold front through the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. Snow may mix with rain in areas north and northwest of the region, especially near the Red River.
Below is the full statement from D/FW Airport:
"DFW Airport is advising passengers with flights today to check their flight status frequently for updates, because of possible delays and/or cancellations anticipated due to strong wind conditions.
In anticipation of possible delays or cancellations, DFW Airport has enabled its Irregular Operations plan for tonight, which includes keeping concessionaires and some security checkpoints open past normal hours to accommodate passengers with altered travel plans.
DFW and airline customer service personnel and Airport Ambassadors will be available to assist travelers with any additional needs.
The National Weather Service has issued an Airport Weather Warning for DFW for wind gusts in excess of 35 knots, or 40MPH. Crosswinds such as these could require the FAA to limit air traffic at DFW to two diagonal runways, rather than the Airport’s full complement of seven runways.
Airlines at DFW are reporting about 100 departure cancellations today due to the wind conditions locally and also due to severe winter weather conditions in other parts of the nation."