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February 25, 2013

Airlines cancel about 100 departures at DFW due to high winds

High winds at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport have forced airlines to cancel about 100 flights on Monday afternoon.

Airport spokesman David Magana said the cancellations were due to wind advisories locally and severe winter weater in other parts of the country. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for DFW for wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour.

Crosswinds at that speed may require the FAA to limit air traffic at DFW as not all of the runways could be used with those wind issues, Magana said.

"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," he said.

American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said the carrier has canceled 230 flights systemwide including 200 arriving and departing DFW because of the weather and wind advisories. There may be additional flights canceled on Tuesday if the high winds continue in North Texas, he said.

-Andrea Ahles

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