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Ice storm forces US airlines to cancel over 1,800 flights

Robert Besser
06 Feb 2023, 00:38 GMT+10

CHICAGO, Illinois: After an ice storm ravaged states from Texas to West Virginia, this week, airlines canceled over 1,800 flights in the US.

According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, 1,897 flights were canceled, while 750 flights were delayed.

In a statement, Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines said, "This week's winter storm is having an impact on our operations, accounting for a significant number of cancelations."

It also proactively canceled flights and notified passengers, the airline added.

In a tweet this week, the Federal Aviation Administration warned travelers to expect to see some snowy conditions in certain areas, including Dallas, Fort Worth and Memphis, which could cause flight delays.

In its Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area forecast, the US National Weather Service said, "The ongoing winter storm will continue to bring hazardous impacts to North and Central Texas."

American cancelled the most flights, with nearly 800, followed by low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines with 501 flights.

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