About 1,000 US flights canceled as winter weather snarls travel

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(CNN) – More than 1,000 flights were canceled in the United States on Monday as winter weather moved into the middle of the country, with disruption expected to continue on Tuesday.

So far, the most affected airports are Dallas Love Field, Dallas-Fort Worth International, Austin Bergstrom International and Houston Bush International airports in Texas.

Two other western airports, Las Vegas’ Harry Reid International and Colorado’s Denver International, are also experiencing major delays.

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As of 11 p.m. ET Monday, just over 1,100 flights to, from or from the US have been canceled, according to flight tracking site FlightAware, with more than 5,000 delayed. More than 900 flights on Tuesday have already been cancelled.

About half of these cancellations are Southwest Airlines flights. The Dallas-based airline, which had an operational meltdown over the holidays, canceled about 12% of its Monday schedule — about 480 flights, according to FlightAware.

Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As of Monday morning, CEO Bob Jordan was outlining the fixes to prevent a repeat of the airline’s Christmas travel meltdown.

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American Airlines and regional carrier SkyWest also saw many delays and cancellations.

A winter storm warning is in effect for much of Texas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth area, until 6 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, February 2.

Time off for travelers

Southwest Airlines issued a winter weather waiver on Sunday and extended the waiver by noon Monday to a dozen airports in Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas and Kentucky. The latest waivers apply for travel from January 30 to February 1.
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 also issued weather waivers. Monday’s operations were not significantly affected by the cancellations.

Dallas Love Field tweeted on Monday that his team “stands ready to treat and clean surfaces to allow safe operations.” DFW was also preparing for bad weather.

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Both airports encouraged travelers to check with their airlines for the status of their flights before going to the airport.

Dangerous driving conditions

“If you must travel, slow down and use extreme caution especially when approaching bridges and overpasses,” the Texas warning says.

Image above: Drivers in Dallas deal with winter conditions. Credit: KTVT


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