Dallas-Fort Worth Travelers Should Expect Delays at the Airport After Sunday Storms

North Texas travelers encountered slight delays at DFW International Airport Monday after lightning from a weekend storm struck flight control equipment and inclement weather grounded flights.Travelers reported long lines at DFW Airport, though a spokesperson for the airport said it was accommodating everyone this morning."Conditions are good for flying this morning. We're doing our best ... to help everyone get back on track," said airport media relations manager Cynthia Vega.A lightning strike disabled Federal Aviation Administration flight control equipment on the east side of DFW Airport Sunday at 7:40 p.m. and systems were restored around 10 p.m."We are operating on the backup system until it's repaired, but we're at full capacity," FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford told The Dallas Morning News Monday.On top of the air traffic communications equipment being disabled Sunday night, rain and powerful winds led to the cancellation of more than 400 flights and delayed 600 more at DFW Airport. At Love Field, 135 flights were delayed and 65 were canceled.American Airlines cancelled 81 flights Monday, down from 224 Sunday, according to a company spokesperson.There were 54 flight cancellations at Love Field Monday, and 189 at DFW Airport as airlines attempt to reboot operations, according to FlightAware.Southwest Airlines said Monday morning that flight operations were smoothing out, but that there were still a handful of delayed flights."We're working hard to get our customers to their destinations as safely and as quickly as possible," a spokesperson for Southwest said, adding that inclement weather in other parts of the country could disrupt more flights.Overall, Love Field was dealing with only "minimal delays" Monday, according to a spokesperson. Additionally, some stoplights near the airport stopped working during the storm.Airport and airline officials recommend travelers check with airlines to be sure their flight information hasn't changed.  Continue reading...

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