Flights Canceled Due to Icy Conditions

Flights Canceled Due to Icy Conditions

by Kim Powell

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Basin has frozen over, halting shuttle services, taxi rides and canceling flights.

"It's been a little crazy at the airport, we've had to really work hard to keep everything open. We had a little period last (Tuesday) night where we were closed down for a little while," Justine Ruff, Interim Director of Airports, said.

Both United and American Eagle Airlines had to cancel flights as the icy conditions took over runways, making it difficult for travelers to get out of town.

"We were supposed to leave out at like 7 a.m. yesterday (Tuesday) morning," Traveler, Billy Bryant, said.

Instead, that flight got canceled as well as his next two.

"It was pretty frustrating that you get it and all of a sudden 15 minutes later, they cancel it on you right before the flight starts or is fixing to take off," Bryant said.

On Tuesday, 80 people had to spend the night in the airport terminal on cots after their flights were canceled and hotel shuttles couldn't come pick them up. Taxi services have also been put on hold because of the dangerous road conditions.

Airport officials say they are working around the clock to keep the runways clear of ice since surface temperatures have not reached above freezing in the last 24 hours.

"It's difficult, our runways are grooved asphalt. So once ice gets in those grooves, it's difficult to get it out," Ruff said.

Ruff also says the runway is in good shape for now but they're preparing for Thursday.

If you are planning to travel anytime soon, arrive at the airport early and check with your airline for any flight changes.