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December 07, 2013

Deep freeze at DFW Airport continues, hundreds of flights canceled, thousands of passengers stranded

Operations at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport on Saturday look a lot like they did on Friday with hundreds of flights canceled and thousands of passengers stranded trying to get to their destination.

The airport said 50 percent of the daily flights have been canceled and two runways remain open as airlines were limiting their operations because of the weather.

"Most of this morning’s focus has been on treating all airfield surfaces, public roadways and customer assistance," the airport said in a statement on Saturday around 10:30 a.m.

According to Flightstats.com, 414 departures and 423 arrivals at DFW Airport have been canceled as of 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The aviation website says American Airlines has canceled 473 flights systemwide with regional carrier American Eagle canceling 234 flights.

Over 3,300 passengers slept on cots in the airport on Friday night. The airport also provided blankets, toiletry kits, diapers and formula to customers and kept some concessions open all night long.

"DFW is continuing to provide refreshments for passengers with stations set up for free Starbucks coffee, water and snacks. The Airport will again deploy entertainers, comedians, jugglers, balloon artists and face painters into the terminals to entertain stranded passengers," the airport said in a statement.

Check out this video that Star-Telegram photographer Max Faulkner shot on Friday at the airport. And here's an article about stranded passengers from Star-Telegram reporter Yamil Berard that appeared in Saturday's edition.

 

Note: I've had a few readers ask why Love Field seems to be operating with about 20 minute delays and only a handful of cancellations by Southwest Airlines. There are two factors that play into airport operations when the weather is icy like it is right now at DFW. First, Love Field handles about 125 to 135 daily departures while DFW typically has about 800 daily departures. So when you factor in that it can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour to de-ice one aircraft, the volume that DFW handles gets backed up faster than at Love. Second, it is up to the individual airlines to determine their operations. DFW does have two runways open today and expects to have a third open later today to handle air traffic. But it is up to American, which operates 85 percent of the traffic at DFW, and their flight operations department to decide how many flights they can run on a day like today.

-Andrea Ahles

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Tom

Any idea why Love Field seems to have cleaned their runway and DFW cannot?

CeoCrookWannaBe

DFW Airport Board realizes an increase in revenue when they see it. More concessions in the terminals and more parking fees for extended traveler occupancy. All local hotels are full and charging full price rates for the stranded travelers..It is an economic boom for DFW... The price gouging at DFW is 20 to 30 percent higher than local economic barometers....It's all about the Benjamins.

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