Winter Weather Brings Delays to Dallas, Europe and Asia

Airports in northeast Texas have been slammed by wintry weather that has caused hundreds of flight delays and cancelations at Dallas-Ft. Worth International (DFW) and also at Southwest’s home base in nearby Love Field (DAL).

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Dallas Airports See Big Delays

According to FlightStats, both airports were showing “excessive” delays as of Tuesday morning and American Airlines alone had canceled more than 200 flights. Many of these flights (though not all) were out of DFW. The Dallas forecast calls for clearing later today as the system moves eastward.

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Amsterdam, Toyko Flights Disrupted

Meanwhile, weather has also disrupted numerous flights in northern Europe with Amsterdam being particularly hard hit, and according to news reports thousands were stranded at Tokyo’s Narita airport as the first snow of the season snarled traffic Monday night.

Travelers: Beware of Cascade Effect

At the moment, we are not seeing any special alerts or travel advisories issued by airlines but this could change at any time. Stay in touch with your airline, particularly if you will be traveling into one of the affected airlines – and, since this is winter, areas being affected can change quickly.

Plus, beware of the cascade effect which may cause delays in regions not being impacted by bad weather. Late-arriving aircraft can create a ripple-effect delaying flights throughout the country.


Published: January 15, 2013