20 percent of D/FW flights Friday preemptively cancelled

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by CARLA WADE

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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 1:18 AM

D/FW AIRPORT -- At Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, workers spent Thursday preparing for what's predicted to be a significant ice storm barreling into North Texas overnight.

Workers began the process of pretreating runways and taxiways with deicing chemicals. Deicing facilities were also prepared for planes landing and taking off from the airport.

Thursday morning, some airlines decided to be proactive and canceled flights in advance of the storm. A release Thursday night said airlines cancelled about 175 departures scheduled for Thursday, and preemptively cancelled another 200 flights Friday, mainly in the early morning hours. That represents about 20 percent of the Friday departure schedule at DFW.

It left some passengers stuck in the airport and others wondering if they would be able to fly into Dallas at all during what's predicted to be cold and icy weekend.


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Knitting helped Karen Howard pass the time in Terminal B, but despite a potentially-dangerous North Texas forecast, she said she was thrown for a loop when she learned her flight from Dallas to Beaumont was canceled.

She was hoping to visit her son there this weekend. She flew to Dallas from her home in Philadelphia and said she got an alert while she was in the air.

"I just said, 'OK,'" Howard said, "'it is what it is,' but they have re-booked me at eight o'clock. We’ll see if that takes off. If not, then I’m going to have to go back home."

Jonas Amelotte spoke with News 8 via Skype from his home in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He’s supposed to fly into Dallas at 11:30 a.m. Friday for the Dallas Marathon on Sunday.

While he hasn’t yet put his plans on ice, he’s concerned the airlines might.

"I just called and it seems to be okay," he said. "But if we were any earlier, it would have been canceled."

Amelotte was absolutely undeterred about running in cold, wet conditions and thanks to his acquired Canadian weather sensibilities, completely baffled that months of training could all be for nothing.

"Weather like that happens here in Canada and Michigan all the time, so most of the time we know it's coming and we just deal with it," he said.

Amelotte has relatives in Plano. He said if he makes it to Dallas and the marathon is canceled, he'll just have a good time visiting.

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