DALLAS: American Airlines and regional carrier American Eagle have canceled 460 flights into and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport today as tornadoes, hail, and thunderstorms have moved through the area.
National Weather Service reported that several tornadoes, baseball-sized hail and thunderstorms have moved, so flights into the airport were halted about 1:30 p.m. local time.
“We’re pretty well out of the flying business for the rest of the day today,” Tim Smith, an American spokesman, said. “Virtually all of our inbound flights will not take off and arrive this evening.”
Because of the weather, at least 101 American and Eagle aircraft must undergo hail inspections before they can be flown, Smith said. Forty-eight flights headed for the airport were diverted before they could arrive, he said. Buildings at the airport were also being checked for damage, said David Magana, a spokesman.
In the meantime, Southwest Airlines Co. has canceled 25 flights from Dallas Love Field Airport and some flights were diverted before arriving, said Brandy King, a spokeswoman of Southwest Airlines Co. Nevertheless, there were no reports of hail damage from the carrier. (Bloomberg/t01)