POSTED: 11:52 a.m. HST, Apr 3, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 2:43 p.m. HST, Apr 3, 2012
DALLAS >> American Airlines has canceled nearly all departures from its hub at DFW Airport for the rest of the evening as powerful storms and tornadoes move through the area.
Flight No. 5 direct from Dallas to Honolulu was canceled, said the state Department of Transportation. Christian Evangelista, who is returning to Honolulu from a trip, said he is not able to fly out until Wednesday morning.
"I'm lucky because I'm traveling by myself," Evangelista, 25, said. "A family of four had to drive to Austin to try to catch a flight from there. And they won't get into Honolulu until tomorrow. There are others standing in line, and some people were told they wouldn't be able to fly out until Thursday."
American had canceled more than 230 flights by this afternoon and others had been diverted to different airports. American spokeswoman Andrea Huguely says the airline also is pulling dozens of planes out of service to inspect them for hail damage.
The Federal Aviation Administration says delays are averaging nearly three hours for the few flights still getting through.
Flights also have been canceled at Dallas Love Field, which is a big base for Southwest Airlines. That airline has canceled more than 45 flights in and out of the airport.
Love Field spokesman Jose Luis Torres says the airport didn't suffer any damage.