Keaton Fox, NBC 5 News
Hurricane Sandy has prompted the cancellation of thousands of flights across the United States and in DFW.
Flights from DFW International Airport to New York and other cities were canceled Sunday and widespread disruptions are expected on Monday as Hurricane Sandy wreaks havoc on the Northeast.
“I feel very lucky, I’m very happy,” said Peggy Viola of Keller after she landed at DFW from New York City’s LaGuardia Airport Sunday night. “(I’m) back with with my husband and my family.”
Viola used to live in New York City and went to visit relatives who are still there.
"It was very hard to leave my family,” she said. “Of course we are going to be worried about them and want them to be safe."
Four Dallas mothers who took their sixth-grade daughters to New York for a sightseeing trip returned home on the same flight.
"It was scary,” said one mother. “To think they're shutting down a major city like New York. We just wanted to get out."
DFW Airport spokesman David Magana said the airport is ready to assist travelers who may be stranded because of changing flight schedules.
Meanwhile, major airlines waived extra fees for changing flights because of the storm.
Fort Worth-based American Airlines said it would not charge a penalty for passengers who alter travel plans between now and Wednesday on flights to, from or through the Northeast.