Flight delays and cancellations piled up with the snow at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on Thursday, records show.
More than 130 flights were delayed or canceled at the airport as a massive and rare snowfall blanketed a vast swath of the state with sleet and snow, from Central Texas to the Gulf Coast.
Thursday’s storm was the first to bring measurable snow to the airport since three-fifths of an inch fell on Feb. 4, 2011.
“Each airline is responsible for its own deicing process and each airline has its own procedures,” said Kaela Harmon, an airport spokeswoman. “They’re all responsible for that on their own.”
Data show that 131 Austin flights were delayed and another seven were canceled Thursday. That’s up from a reported 30 delays and no reported cancellations on Wednesday.
As the delays mounted, so did frustrations.
A passenger on Alaska Airlines’ service to Seattle wrote that her flight was delayed upwards of seven hours because of deicing delays, but complimented the staff.
The Seattle-based carrier responded: “Texas and snow don't go together very well do they.”