Cold Causes Flight Delays at LIA - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/25/03

Cold Causes Flight Delays at LIA

While the weather is cold here, people across the state are getting hit much harder. Ice covered cars, trees and roads around the Hill Country, northwest of Austin. The conditions were bad enough to knock out power in the area and shut down the University of Texas.

In Dallas, more of the same. Sleet and freezing rain coated the city with a thick layer of ice causing major traffic headaches. One to three inches of ice is expected across the area before the system moves through. The ice on the roads in the Metroplex has also ended up causing problems in the skies across the state.

When a city like Dallas suffers major weather problems, flights across the state are affected. Here in Lubbock, the first flight out for Southwest Airlines, American and Delta ASA were all canceled. Actually Delta ASA has canceled every flight in and out so far they are hoping the late flight in on Tuesday night will come as schedules to get things back on track for Wednesday.

"While the airport are reopened and all the runways are going and traffic seems to be flowing smoothly they still have problems recovering all the aircraft and aircrews that were scattered because of the closures earlier in the day," said Mark Earle, LIA Aviation Director.

Earle says it sometimes takes a full day to recover from a weather situation. The only airline with out a delay today was Continental, that's because their hub airport is Houston.

As the weather turns worse here in Lubbock and across the state it's important for you travelers to remember to call first... because weather at any Texas hub will more than likely effect our flights.

Here are the numbers for airlines at Lubbock International Airport.

  • Continental -1-800-335-2247
  • American is 1-800-433-7300 or 1-800-325-8224
  • Delta Express and Southwest at 1-800-435-9792
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