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American, Eagle Cancel 500 Flights After Texas Storm

April 4 (Bloomberg) -- American Airlines and regional partner American Eagle canceled about 500 flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport today in the aftermath of a hailstorm that battered planes.

American had 62 aircraft out of service because of hail damage late in the day, down from 66 earlier, said Tim Smith, an American spokesman. Eagle had 20 grounded by hail, compared with 28 previously. Both airlines are units of Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp.

Today’s cancellations represent about one-third of American and American Eagle operations at D-FW, the company’s biggest hub, and 15 percent of its total system operations for one day, Smith said. About 50 flights have been canceled to and from the airport tomorrow, he said.

More than 100 aircraft were damaged by hail at the airport, said David Magana, a D-FW spokesman. About 1,400 passengers spent last night at the airport, while “thousands” more went to hotels or made other lodging arrangements, he said in a statement today.

The airport is situated midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. American and Eagle canceled about 460 flights yesterday after tornadoes, hail and thunderstorms moved through the region.

Southwest Airlines Co. is operating a normal schedule today from Dallas Love Field, said Paul Flaningan, a spokesman. The hailstorm that pounded D-FW missed Love, which is closer to downtown Dallas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Schlangenstein in Dallas at {maryc.s@bloomberg.net}

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net

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