Storms cause travel troubles at DFW Airport

Delays and cancelations continue at DFW Airport after Sunday evening’s storms affected thousands of flights.

The airport had big problems on Sunday evening with the most cancellations and delays out of any other airport in the world.

The storm caused more than 150 canceled flights and 44% were delayed.

About a quarter of all flights landing in Dallas on Sunday were also delayed. About 14% of the incoming flights were canceled.

"I sat on the runway for two hours last night and then they brought us back to the gate because of weather and pilot timeout," said traveler Cherie Beaumont.

Beaumont was trying to get back to Oregon.

She was rebooked on a 7 a.m. American Airlines flight Monday, but it too was canceled.

 I just try to go with the flow. It's a little harder after two canceled flights," Beaumont said.

She's far from alone.

Fort Worth-based American Airlines had the most delays and cancelations of any other airline Sunday.

The carrier delayed 1,100 flights and canceled 7 percent of all its flights due to severe weather around parts of the country.

"My flight showed on time. The weather was good here, nice and sunny. By the time I came here, we had some crew issues with the crew not getting here in time. And then we had some thunderstorms and weather. And they kept postponing it and postponing it and then they canceled it," said Ashay Gharat, who was flying to Chicago.


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Gahrat is from Dallas, so he was able to sleep at home and come back to DFW Monday morning for his rescheduled flight.

Some travelers found themselves scrambling to make other plans. Others just stayed overnight at the airport until the next flight left.

A worker told FOX 4 for the most part the crowds were calm and patient.

According to, fewer than 30 flights have been canceled. That’s about 2% of the total flights leaving DFW.

But with more storms in the forecast, that could all change.

"I would say plan early. Especially if you have reports about weather when bad, just plan around it. You might end up staying near the airport or going back," Gharat said. 

At Dallas Love Field, there was a massive line for Southwest Airlines passengers waiting to drop off their checked bags.

"We've been in line for about 40 minutes. I don't know why," said Wendy Goldenberg, who was flying with her family back to Kansas.

An airport supervisor told FOX 4 the backup was in large part due to re-booked flights from over the weekend, coupled with Monday's normal flight schedule.

Passengers we spoke to are trying to make the best of it.

"I was happy that we allowed two hours for travel so we're not that stressed about it, but it was pretty surprising," said Michele Voelkening. "Never seen it like this before."