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Will Rogers World Airport resumes service

BY AARON CRESPO Staff Writer Modified: January 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm •  Published: January 30, 2010

Will Rogers World Airport has begun to return to normal operations after the ice storm interrupted service for two days.

“In the last hour or so, we’re seeing a lot of aircraft coming into the airport,” spokeswoman Karen Carney said. “Aircraft operations are slowly beginning to return to normal. Our first departure was at 8:35 in the morning and our first arrival was at 9:20 a.m.”

Conditions at the airport prevented planes from arriving Friday, which led to the cancellation of early morning flights, Carney said. But runways are clear and airplanes have begun to travel to and from the city.

That still doesn’t mean flying will be without delay, Carney said. The storm has moved east and Carney advised travelers to contact their airlines to see if flights are delayed.

“As much as a I hate to say this, this storm has moved east and there could be some impact on the east coast and maybe Chicago O’Hare,” Carney said. “Travelers are still advised to contact their airline in regards to flight status and or if they are rescheduling.”

Over the three day period, the storm caused more than 200 cancellations, Carney said. The runway and airfield had to close for three hours last night due to conditions and crews worked through the night to try to clear it.

“The storm obviously significantly impacted Will Rogers World Airport. On Thursday we had over 100 cancellations, arrivals and departures. Yesterday we had 133 and this morning, because again we did not have any aircraft in place from last night, we had 24 cancellations,” Carney said.

The cancellation numbers don’t include freight carriers, company planes or private aircraft. Carney said those numbers were not available.

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