Major Ice Storm to Affect Texas Airport Hubs Tuesday

Jan 15, 2018

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Millions of Texas residents are waking up Monday morning to find themselves under winter storm warnings, with up to two inches of ice and snow forecast to wreak havoc on travel to and from the state Monday evening and Tuesday.

The two major airport hubs in the state, Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and Houston Intercontinental (IAH), are outside of the main warning area and are currently only under winter weather advisories. However, any winter precipitation could have a large impact on flights at these busy airports due to their tight scheduling and lack of large-scale de-icing equipment.

Image courtesy of National Weather Service.
Image by the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston.

As of 9:30am Central  Time onMonday morning, only United has released travel waivers for Texas airports. This waiver allows flexible travelers to rebook flights for a later date through January 20 or to rebook their flights to connect through a hub other than Houston.

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  • Travel date: January 16
  • Airports covered: Austin, TX (AUS); Dallas, TX (DAL); Dallas, TX (DFW); Houston, TX (HOU); Houston, TX (IAH); San Antonio, TX (SAT)
  • Ticket must be reissued on or before: January 20
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than: January 20


  • Travel date: January 16
  • Airports covered: Houston, TX (IAH); Austin, TX (AUS); San Antonio, TX (SAT)
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before January 20, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.

We will update this post as other airlines issue travel waivers for Texas.

Featured image by Fort Worth Star-Telegram / Getty Images

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