NBC 5 was informed that after a temporary suspension at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday, flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport have now resumed.
A spokesperson for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport said that before 5:30 p.m., “The FAA has closed the airspace in and out of DFW airport until 5:00 p.m. Central Time. This is due to the requirement for off-site FAA facilities. Disinfect the aircraft that controls DFW’s airspace. This will cause flight delays or even cancellations. We encourage customers to monitor the flight status board or contact your airline for the latest information.”
Dallas Love Field tweeted before 5:30 pm: “Air traffic interruption has been lifted. Delays will continue, but operations will resume. Please check with your airline for the latest information on flight status. ”
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed on Wednesday that all inbound and outbound flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport are closed until 5:30 pm. A spokesperson for Dallas Love Field Airport also confirmed that all inbound and outbound flights at the airport have also been temporarily suspended. .
The FAA stated that there are many reasons for this delay, including thunderstorms and COVID-19. A spokesperson confirmed that the regional air traffic control center is being cleared, which is one of the reasons for the delay.
Information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shows that Fort Worth Air Traffic Control Center personnel failed at least one COVID-19 test on multiple dates this month (including 12/23, 12/28, and 12/30). The FAA also indicated that the control center is operating, but the facility will be cleaned between 3 pm and 5:30 pm on Wednesday.
After the stop was established, Daniel Pitts took American Airlines Flight 422 to Orlando. He told us that the pilot of the plane said that due to COVID-19, the control tower was not operating and it might take several hours for the flight to take off. His plane was returned to the boarding gate, and all passengers were allowed to disembark and return to the terminal.
Passenger Daniel Pitts of Flight AA 422 recorded this boarding gate videotape and explained to the passengers why they were asked to board instead of waiting for the plane to Fort Lauderdale. DFW stayed on the ground and could not take off from the airport.
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