Austin's airport packed with passengers detoured from DFW airport

Austin's airport packed with passengers detoured from DFW airport

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Austin's airport packed with passengers detoured from DFW airport

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by JESSICA VESS and Chief Photojournalist SCOTT GUEST

KVUE News

Posted on April 4, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 4 at 4:48 PM

AUSTIN -- The Dallas area storms are affecting Austin travelers.

At Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Wednesday, check-in and security lines grew long for travelers who found themselves forced to find another way to their destination.
 
Airport spokesman Jim Halbrook says that on Tuesday between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., 10 flights to Dallas were diverted to Austin and 20 flights at ABIA were canceled.
 
Wednesday morning passengers continued searching for another way to get where they need to be.
 
“I was going to Connecticut at first, then I looked this morning and American Airlines changed my flight to Friday and that wasn’t going to work because I have a retreat that I'm going to and it starts today. So I called my travel agent, she got me to JFK instead,” explained traveler John Mester.
 
Mester waited in the check-in line at American Airlines. It grew long fast and moved slowly. Dozens of other passengers found themselves at ABIA unexpectedly. DJ Wills had to detour to Austin from Abilene. He rented a car and made the drive down, paying an extra $180.
 
“I'm on my way to Japan. I had to call and have one of my flights canceled and moved to here,” explained Wills.
 
The list of departures and arrivals continues to flicker and change on overhead screens at the airport. A schedule is routinely updated online as well.
 
Some flights are on time, others are delayed and then there are those few that remain canceled altogether. It's unclear how long the Dallas-Fort Worth airport will operate on a scaled back schedule.
 
American Airlines is currently serving complimentary coffee and pastries to its passengers who are stuck in those long lines.
 
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