Flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to the Northeast are leaving on time again, but travelers are still advised to get to the airport early.
The flight operations center at American Airlines is working to restore the entire system throughout the country, and it may be late Wednesday before its full flight schedule is back to normal.
"We have pilots and flight attendants displaced all over America that was supposed to be on those route systems," said Tom Parsons with BestFares.com. "We got planes, we got to get back in sync."
As thousands of stranded passengers rebook after their flights were canceled, empty seats on full flights home are hard to come by. For some people, it may be New Year's Day before they can get one.
"When you cancel a flight at Christmastime, there's no slack in the system to make it up, because all the flights are full, and people aren't canceling, aren't changing their reservations because it's Christmastime, and you don't have a lot of business travelers that change their plans last minute," said Jeff Larkin, who's trying to get home to Virginia. "Tourists tend to book it months out and go, so there's not any slack in the system."
Travelers with a confirmed ticket shouldn't take any chances. They should get to the airport even earlier than they otherwise might to make sure the airline doesn't give their seat away to someone else.
"I'd rather see you twiddle your thumbs for an extra hour and know that you're going to be there on time than get to the airport and you can't check your luggage because you're too late," Parson said. "They won't let you go, and now you're on the back of the line. You may not get home till next year."