DFW International Airport Continues Normal Operation As Ike's Wind And Rain Moves Through North Texas
Emergency Operation Center remains on standby but sunny skies expected Sunday
DFW International Airport – (September 13, 2008 – 4:00 p.m.) DFW International Airport continues normal operation as strong winds and rain from the remains of Hurricane Ike swept across North Texas this afternoon.
Cancellations remained minimal - mainly to Houston and South Texas. Airport operations and customer service are monitoring any delays or cancellations that might impact passengers through the evening.
The Airport is prepared to send an assessment team of engineers and public safety officers to airports damaged by Hurricane Ike, if requested.
Terminal managers reported smooth passenger flows at all checkpoints and gate areas. The Airport is also prepared to handle two of the U.S. military's regular Rest and Recuperation flights today.
"As far as severe weather days go we have been very fortunate today and will certainly keep an eye on the radar all night," said Ken Capps, vice president of public affairs at DFW. "Our passengers have been terrific and we're glad that we have been able to keep them moving in their travels."
The Airport has sustained steady winds of more than 20-30 miles per hour since this morning with no impact to flight operations.
The National Disaster Medical System reception site at DFW will remain on standby in case of reactivation for medical evacuees from the Texas coast.
The remains of Ike may also affect flights across the United States this weekend, so travelers are advised to check with their airlines on the latest status of a flight.
Passengers are urged to go to www.dfwairport.com and click on Flight Tracker to monitor all arrivals and departures from DFW.
The Airport will update this advisory as warranted to keep the public informed on flight operations this weekend.