Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Money | By Charlene Sutton

Flight operations cease at Houston airports until further notice, officials say

Flight operations cease at Houston airports until further notice, officials say

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that George Bush International Airport and Houston Hobby Airport are expected to stay closed at least until Wednesday due to Hurricane Harvey.

More than 1,480 US flights had been preemptively grounded by Sunday evening, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

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Texas officials have been expressing concern that not as many people are evacuating compared with previous storms as Hurricane Harvey bears down on the state.

Southwest Airlines was granted special approval by the FAA to fly 486 people on five separate flights from Houston to Dallas. The Federal Aviation Administration said the smaller William P. Hobby Airport closer to downtown Houston would stay closed until Wednesday as historic rainfall drenching the fourth-largest USA city continues. Some of the country's largest oil refineries are located in Houston and many have been shut down over the weekend, causing some brief spikes in fuel prices this morning, according to Reuters. He said that as of Monday morning, 20 flights from Texas to LAX were cancelled, as were 18 flights from LAX to Texas.

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"I was quite shocked when I got on the plane because a lot of seats were empty, especially in business class and economy plus, and I thought, come on!" said Laura Deben, who also arrived on the flight. "Some of the roads to other highways were closed off because the roads were flooded", she said.

At both Austin and San Antonio, more than a quarter of all flights had been canceled on both Saturday and Sunday, according to FlightAware's calculations. However the airport was able to clear one of the runways, giving the pilots room to take off. The airline also preemptively cancelled 800 flights for Sunday, about 70% of their flight schedule at the major hub.

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Travel to and from Southeast Texas started getting dicey yesterday, as a handful of cancellations trickled into Chicago.

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