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December 26, 2012

1,000 stranded passengers spend Christmas night at DFW Airport

Dallas-Fort Worth Airport hosted 1,000 passengers stranded from the winter weather on Christmas night.

With over 400 flights canceled on Christmas due to the snowstorm, the airport said it provided costs, blankets and toiletry kits for passengers who stayed overnight in the terminals.

"The airport had key personnel in place through the night supporting inbound flights and passengers, and keeping the runways clear," said airport spokesman David Magana. "For outbound flights on Wednesday, DFW is prepared for de-icing should it become necessary."

As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, about 40 departing flights were canceled, Magana said. He added the roads around and inside the airport were cleared but that motorists should drive carefully as there may be patches of ice on the roadways.

UPDATE: American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the carrier along with American Eagle has canceled about 200 flights this morning in and out of DFW Airport.

Rebooking the hundreds of passengers that had flights canceled on Christmas may take a while.

"Planes are very full this week, more full than usual, and we’re working to re-accomodate folks as quickly as we can," Miller said.

And there may be more flight cancellations on Wednesday evening as the same storm system that blanketed North Texas with snow could impact operations at New York's JFK and LaGuardia airports, Miller said.

-Andrea Ahles

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