UPDATE 17 – April 7, 2012 – 9:00 AM EDT:
Looks like American is down to about 17 cancellations today. All flights expect to be back to normal by either later today or tomorrow.
UPDATE 16 – April 7, 2012 – 12:30 AM EDT:
American hopes to have most of its planes back in the sky today (Saturday) as most of their aircraft have been inspected and repaired.
We will update when we have a exact number of cancellations at DFW.
UPDATE 15 – April 6, 2012 – 1:45 AM ADT:
American has announced that 296 flights out of DFW will be cancelled today (Friday).
UPDATE 14 – April 6, 2012 – 12:10 AM ADT:
As of Friday American has 57 planes out of service for inspections and repairs from the hailstorm. All American Eagle planes are now flying.
There is no exact number on the amount of cancellations at DFW for Friday but they will be significant once again as the carrier works to get the planes back in the sky.
We will update when we have a more definitive figure.
UPDATE 13 – April 5, 2012 – 10:30 AM CDT:
American and American Eagle have cancelled another 323 flights on Thursday as 60 planes still remain out of service. American spokesman Ed Martelle sasy it will be several more days until flight operations are back to normal.
UPDATE 12 – April 5, 2012:
Here is some video of American Airlines planes being inspected after the hailstorm hit DFW Airport:
UPDATE 11 – April 4, 2012 – 2:30 PM CDT:
92 of 110 American Airlines aircraft still remain grounded due to hail damage (see below) as those planes continue to be inspected. 8 United Airlines and 6 Delta Airlines planes were also damaged in the storm.
American announced earlier that they will be cancelling 51 flights on Thursday, the majority of those out of DFW Aiport.
UPDATE 10 – April 4, 2012 – 8:20 AM EDT:
American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says their airline has 94 aircraft out of service with various degrees of hail damage…66 from American Airlines and 28 from American Eagle.
American alone has cancelled 424 flights today out of DFW. There is no word on other airline’s cancellations so if you’re flying out of DFW you’ll want to call ahead to find out if you still have a flight. It’s a mess there!
UPDATE 9 – April 4, 2012 – 12:20 AM EDT:
American Airlines says they will have around 300 inbound and outbound cancellations today (Wednesday) as they assess the potential damage to 100 of their aircraft.
Stay tuned for updates…
UPDATE 8 – April 3, 2012 – 8:10 PM CDT:
Here is video at DFW Airport taken by YouTube user ‘Brianwright808’ by one of the gates. A massive hailstorm…
UPDATE 7 – April 3, 2012 – 7:30 PM CDT:
As many as 110 planes have sustained hail damage at DFW Airport according to wptv.com in Dallas. The extent of the damage is not known at this time.
45 Southwest Airlines flights were also cancelled at Love Field in Dallas but there were no reports of damaged aircraft there.
UPDATE 6 – April 3, 2012 – 5:10 PM CDT:
Unconfirmed reports say over 100 aircraft have sustained some sort of damage at DFW.
Also, over 400 flights have been cancelled. There are some flights departing now but delays at this point are over an hour and many inbound flights are being diverted.
The good news: There are NO reports of any injuries at the airport.
UPDATE 5 – April 3, 2012 – 3:31 PM CDT:
American Airlines has suspended operations at DFW Airport for the rest of the day. They are inspecting dozens of their aircraft for damage from hail and wind. We have some reports that some aircraft did indeed suffer damage but we are working to confirm this.
UPDATE 4 – April 3, 2012 – 2:58 PM CDT:
DFW Airport has been given the all clear for now. There is some hail but no imminent tornado warnings at present. There is still a full ground stop for all aircraft at this time.
UPDATE 3 – April 3, 2012 – 2:43 PM CDT:
We have unconfirmed reports of baseball-size hail and some damage at DFW Airport. This is still UNCONFIRMED but we will try to get verification and updates.
UPDATE 2 – April 3, 2012 – 2:18 PM CDT:
‘Dallas/Fort Worth Airport is telling passengers to move away from glass windows and to take cover in its storm shelters at its terminals.
The airport just sent out this tweet to passengers: “If you are inside one of our terminals, please seek shelter in one of the designated storm areas.”‘
UPDATE – April 3, 2012 – 2:00 PM CDT:
All planes have been grounded at DFW and personnel are instructed to take shelter.
A tornado has touched down just south of Dallas Ft. Worth Airport and at present is on a heading for DFW.
If you’re in the area take cover immediately.
Stay tuned for updates….