Air travel in Dallas, home to the fourth-busiest U.S. airport, is returning to normal after a winter storm snarled schedules for AMR Corp.’s American Airlines as well as Southwest Airlines Co.
American and its American Eagle regional unit canceled 343 flights, many at Dallas-Fort Worth International. Southwest, which temporarily suspended operations at Love Field, said it was able to resume before scrubbing any flights.
Cancellations at Dallas Fort-Worth, which served 57.8 million passengers in 2011, can ripple through the rest of the nation’s air travel system. American, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the third-largest carrier in the U.S., and Southwest is fourth biggest.
“The weather seems to be improving here by the hour, as is our operation,” Kent Powell, a spokesman for American, said in an e-mail message.
Some later flights had empty seats, allowing American to rebook passengers whose earlier flights were canceled, he said.
Southwest’s schedule at Dallas Love Field, where the airline is based, was returning to normal, Whitney Eichinger, a spokeswoman, said earlier today.
A snowstorm, including thunder, moved through the Dallas-Fort Worth area earlier today, coating streets and bridges with a thin layer of ice, sleet and snow, the National Weather Service said. The agency extended a winter weather advisory until noon local time as freezing drizzle continued in the area.