Tornadoes strand thousands at DFW airport – CBS News

American Airlines planes parked at Dallas-Fort Worth on a better weather day. Photo: Doug McElroy - OPShots Contributor

DALLAS – Airlines cancelled more than 400 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Tuesday as tornadoes rolled through the area, leaving thousands of travelers stranded at the airport.

American Airlines, which operates a hub at DFW, canceled nearly all departures for the rest of the evening. At least 40 incoming flights were diverted during the storm.

American had canceled more than 230 flights by Tuesday afternoon and others had been diverted to different airports. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the airline also is pulling dozens of planes out of service to inspect them for hail damage.

Tornadoes roll through Dallas area

The Federal Aviation Administration says delays are averaging nearly three hours for the few flights still getting through.

Flights also have been canceled at Dallas Love Field, which is a big base for Southwest Airlines. That airline has canceled more than 45 flights in and out of the airport.

Love Field spokesman Jose Luis Torres says the airport didn’t suffer any damage.

via Tornadoes strand thousands at DFW airport – CBS News.

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