Houston’s 2 Main Airports to Remain Closed Until At Least Thursday, Airlines Cancel Thousands of Additional Flights

By Paul Riegler on 28 August 2017
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Houston, we have a problem.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, two of the nation’s busiest airports remain closed and virtually inaccessible Monday as a result of “catastrophic flooding” in the region. Over half a dozen airports in the area were affected and remain shuttered.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport, number 12 in the nation based on passenger traffic, and William P. Hobby Airport, number 33, are expected to remain closed until Thursday. George Bush Intercontinental is one of United Airlines’ largest hubs, and the airline employs over 11,000 workers in the region affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, while Hobby is a major hub for Southwest, which has asked passengers to not attempt to travel to the airport.

“Please do not attempt to reach HOU until local authorities provide further direction,” the airline said.

The situation in Houston is unusual, even for a hurricane. Because the storm stalled over the Texas Gulf Coast during the weekend, the National Hurricane Center said that the area could expect additional rainfall amounting to 25”. “Do not attempt to travel if you are in a safe place,” the agency said in a statement.

Meanwhile, roads in and out of the airports are flooded, making them inaccessible to airline and airport employees as well as passengers. Travel in the region continues to be hazardous. The National Weather Service reported that George Bush Intercontinental, known as IAH, reported more than 16” of rainfall on Sunday, substantially beating the prior record of 8” set in 1945.

Airlines that fly in and out of the affected airports are offering passengers travel waivers for the coming week that will allow postponing their trips, a move that will also ease the burden on the airlines as they attempt to resume operations.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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