DFW International Airport Working Through Second Day of Winter Storm Event
Passengers asked to check www.dfwairport.com for updated conditions, flight information
January 28, 2009, 10:00 AM Central
DFW International Airport is open and operational this morning despite the coating of sleet and ice that descended on the Dallas-Fort Worth area last night.
The Airport today is reporting a total of 125 departures cancelled throughout the morning, due to winter weather conditions in North Texas.
The airlines are operating under reduced schedules for the morning hours. However, with the forecast calling for temperatures in the 40s by mid-afternoon, DFW anticipates returning to normal operations by noon.
Departing flights are undergoing de-icing treatment just prior to takeoff at the Airport’s multiple deicing pads this morning.
Approximately 1500 passengers spent the night in the terminals last night after having their travel plans interrupted. The Airport distributed cots and blankets and other necessities, and enabled its Concessions Plan to keep restaurants and retail outlets open into the overnight hours to provide services for affected passengers.
“It was a tough couple of days for our passengers but our Airport operations and customer service teams worked very hard to keep everyone as comfortable as possible,” said Ken Capps, vice president for public affairs at DFW. “We do encourage passengers to check on the flights to a number of East Coast airports this afternoon as the weather we experienced here is headed that way.
At this hour, DFW is reporting that roads on the Airport are passable. TxDOT crews have been treating the freeways around the airport, but bridges and overpasses will remain slick throughout the morning, so care and caution on the roads is advised.
APR VP Public Affairs
DFW International Airport