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Texas tornadoes continue to hamper air travel

April 04, 2012|Times staff
  • A tornado touches down in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster on Tuesday.
A tornado touches down in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster on Tuesday. (Parrish Velasco / Dallas…)

The Texas tornadoes that smacked the Dallas area on Tuesday were still playing havoc with air traffic on Wednesday, not just in Dallas but across the country. Dallas is a hub for American Airlines, one of the nation's largest carriers.

Orbitz Flight Tracker on Wednesday showed arrival and departure delays of as much as 44 minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).

Joe Brancatelli, who writes the JoeSentMe.com newsletter for travelers, said American Airlines and American Eagle will cancel about a quarter of their flights -- about 420 so far on Wednesday.

Southwest, which flies out of Dallas' Love Field, not DFW, is doing better, he said.

But as always, check with your airline, even if you're not headed that way. Cancellations can have a cascading effect, even if you're 1,400 miles away in Los Angeles.

More than a dozen twisters struck the Dallas area on Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. No deaths were recorded, but as many as 650 homes were destroyed.

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