LIA Prepares For Winter Weather - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/12/04

LIA Prepares For Winter Weather

The last flights of the day took off on-schedule Thursday night at Lubbock International Airport, but will there be a problem Friday?

Lubbock International Airport Phone #'s
  • SouthWest Airlines: 1-800-435-9792
  • American Airlines: 1-800-433-7300
  • Continental Airlines 1-800-523-3273
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  • NewsChannel 11 asked Aviation Director John McGinley how they determine if ice will interfere with flights. He says it all comes down to a simple test performed early in the morning.

    "What we do is we actually test the braking action on the runway. We use what's called a de-accelerator. We get to the airfield and get the vehicles up to 20 mph and slam on the brakes. They then test the brakes and pass that information on to the pilots to determine if the runways are safe enough to fly on," said McGinley.

    The first flights scheduled for Friday take off around 6am. LIA recommends that all air travelers call ahead of time to make sure their flight is not delayed and that you should also arrive at least an hour early.

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