Weather/Airline Cancellations - Blizzard Disrupts Air Travel

Friday, February 4, 2011 08:45AM
Last updated 6 years ago.

The fallout from the storm is continuing to cause more cancellations in Texas which is really unfortunate timing considering the Super Bowl is in Dallas on Sunday. 885 flights have been cancelled to/from Houston today and 543 to/from Dallas. Total cancellations so far today are 1,726.

Houston IAH is the primary hub for Continental Airlines. Dallas DFW is the primary hub for American Airlines. Southwest Airlines has hubs at both Dallas Love (DAL) and Houston Hobby (HOU). Temperatures are forecast to get above freezing in Houston in the next few hours which will allow the roads, ramps, and planes to thaw out so that normal operations can resume this afternoon. However, Dallas is forecast to stay below freezing until tomorrow afternoon.

FlightAware is estimating the total number of affected passengers to be between 700K and 800K.

Yesterday's total is 2,594 and the total for this week is 19,906 -- just shy of 20K.

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  • We expect the traffic levels in Chicago to decline as heavy snow falls for the rest of the evening, and East Coast from D.C. to Boston to seize up due to freezing rain and ice overnight.

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    An animation or the airspace around Chicago during the Blizzard of 2011 that occurred on Feburary 1st and 2nd, 2011. An excerpt from this video appeared on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer the evening of February 2nd. Please watch in fullscreen HD for the best effect.