Hurricane Harvey causes thousands of flight delays and cancelations |

Hurricane Harvey causes thousands of flight delays and cancelations

Peter Terlato 29 August 2017 NEWS

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Houston airports cease commercial flight operations.

Hurricane Harvey has brought flash flooding and torrential rain to southeastern Texas, while causing major airlines to cancel more than 5,000 commercial flights in, out of and across “The Lone Star State”.

For the fourth consecutive day, Hurricane Harvey has forced airlines and airports to ground thousands of flights, resulting in major delays and cancelations for domestic and international passengers.

The two airlines most affected by these closures are United Air Lines and Southwest Airlines.

United issued a statement yesterday, informing customers it has closed its hub at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and will suspend all operations from there until at least midday Thursday, 31 August.

Southwest Airlines issued a similar statement, suspending flights to and from Houston Hobby Airport until Wednesday, 30 August. The airline is in contact with emergency management officials and will update further.

FlightAware reports over 5,000 flights have been canceled since Friday, attributable to Harvey’s devastation.

Many major airlines have travel alerts in place on their websites and social media pages for affected passengers. Most, including United and Southwest, are waiving fees for travel changes or rescheduled flights.

Over the weekend, Hobby Airport, located approximately seven miles from downtown Houston, canceled all commercial flight operations until further notice.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, which serves 42 million customers per year, also ceased commercial operations in and out of the airport as a result of the powerful weather conditions.

Travel warnings were issued last Thursday by the US National Hurricane Center. The weather bureau upgraded Harvey from a tropical storm to a Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall on Friday evening.

If you are travelling in or through the affected area, check your airline’s travel advisory for updates.

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