Good evening, everyone. I am a long-time reader of the site and this will be my first post. I flew on American out of Las Vegas (LAS
) on a business trip to Boston (BOS
) that took me through Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW
) on Wednesday morning, April 4th . . . the day after the tornadoes roared through the city. I expected to be, at the least, delayed, if not bumped off one or both of my segments outright. Neither happened, and I arrived in Boston at approximately 5:30pm.
I returned to Las Vegas from Boston today, Easter Sunday (April 8th), again on American and with a plane change layover in DFW
. The flight from BOS
(AA #1981) left the East Coast right on time and we arrived a little early into DFW
. We arrived at the C-Gates on the east side of the airport. My connection to Las Vegas was also supposed to depart from the C-Gates, but was changed to the D-Gates about five minutes after I made it to C17. So, Skylink it was from the C terminal to the D terminal.
As I was transiting from terminal to terminal, the sky to the west just kept getting darker and darker and darker with an approaching thunderstorm. I was hoping my flight, #519 from DFW
, which was supposed to depart at 12:25pm, would make it out before the storm. Alas, that was not to be. The storm hit right at about noon Dallas time, bringing lots of rain, lots of brilliant lightning strikes within the airport perimeter, and crashes of thunder that drowned out the ambient terminal sounds. Given the lightning strikes, the ramp was closed.
We were allowed to board at approximately 3:00pm, but, with one thing and another (including another 15 minute ramp closure because of more lightning), we did not depart DFW
until approximately 3:50pm, arriving in LAS
at 4:10pm local time (PDT
All of which is perhaps a long-winded way of saying that American (and every other airline at DFW
) experienced even more delays of about 3 hours or so this afternoon while the storm ran its course over and past the airport. Although there was no hail, nor were there any tornadoes as far as I could tell, I could not help thinking that delays because of a strong and persistent thunderstorm was the last thing AA
needed -- especially since they are still recovering from last Tuesday's difficulties.
I sure hope DFW
can catch a break for the next few days while they pull their schedule back together and get their planes back into service.