Hundreds of DFW flights canceled day after storms

Flights canceled

HOUSTON - Hundreds of flights have been canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport a day after tornadoes whipped through North Texas.

An American Airlines spokeswoman says 424 flights were canceled Wednesday in and out of DFW airport, including flights by regional carrier American Eagle.

Andrea Huguely said about 800 flights were canceled Tuesday due to storms that damaged dozens of planes, which face inspections and repairs. She says 94 American and American Eagle remained out of service Wednesday.

DFW airport spokesman David Magana said about 1,400 stranded travelers spent Tuesday night in terminals.

A spokesman for Southwest Airlines says 46 flights were canceled Tuesday at the carrier's home base of Dallas Love Field. Southwest had no cancellations Wednesday.

The delays and cancellations created a ripple affect in the system, causing flights to be delayed or canceled at Houston's airports as well. At Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday, seven flights bound for Dallas had to be diverted. Three of them were international. 

At Hobby Airport, American Airlines canceled flights Tuesday night and some Southwest flights were either canceled or delayed.

Laura Carrion and her children were trying to fly from Hobby to San Diego to get to a relative's boot camp graduation. They were supposed to be on the west coast by noon, but the first left of her trip, an American Eagle flight, was canceled.

"We're going to go all the way to Atlanta, then make to to San Diego after midnight," she said.

Many other travelers were in similar situations.

"Trying to get back home now," said David Hecksel, a Dallas resident who was in Houston on business. "I'm not sure I'm going to make it."

"My flight was at 2:30...canceled.3:30...canceled. 4:30...canceled," said Craig Lentz, a traveler from Boston trying to get to Dallas. "I've been here for seven hours standing in line with a whole bunch of other people."

The flight information boards were filled with delayed and canceled flights, but by 8 p.m. Tuesday, some of the Southwest flights were only running a couple of hours behind. 

On Twitter, American Airlines warned travelers who were trying to re-book a flight that there were long hold times on their reservation lines.

Airline officials warned that more flight delays were possible Wednesday. 

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