February 4, 2011 / 4:20 PM / 8 years ago

Super Bowl fans scramble for flights to Dallas

A police vehicle is coated in snow while parked on a street in downtown Dallas, Texas after an overnight storm dropped five inches of snow in the Dallas area, February 4, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Segar

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Super Bowl fans may have to scramble for alternate flights after American and Southwest Airlines canceled hundreds of flights to and from hubs in Dallas on Friday because of another winter storm.

American said it canceled 630 flights to and from Dallas, and Southwest said it canceled 130 flights in all of Texas.

Snow continued to fall in Texas two days after a massive winter storm grounded flights throughout the nation. More than 100,000 football fans were expected to converge on Dallas for the face-off between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“We’ve had snow overnight and this morning,” said Tim Smith, spokesman for American Airlines.

Smith said the main runways at the airport are open, but ramps and taxiways “are a bit messy.”

“We are putting extra effort to operate our flights in from Chicago today to keep the Super Bowl-oriented traffic moving,” he said, adding that the airline was trying to de-ice aircraft there.

Reporting by Kyle Peterson, Editing by Greg McCune

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