FLIGHT ALERT: More than 5,000 flights cancelled by Texas storm

As Tropical Storm Harvey continues to drench South Texas, airliners are preparing for flight delays and cancellations for travelers across the country.

Two airports in Houston remained closed today, cancelling more than 5,000 flights including all to and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport. The Dayton airport does not have direct flights to Houston.

RELATED: Everything you need to know about Harvey.

Several flights arriving today from Dallas in Cincinnati and Dayton remain on schedule.

American, Southwest, Frontier, Delta and United are among the major carriers that are waiving hefty change fees because of the incoming storm. Travelers are being told to contact their airline to rebook flights. Local expert Jay Ratliff advised that travelers should check to see if their flight is on time before they leave for the airport.

“It’s going to be a difficult situation for passengers,” he said. “Hundreds and thousands of people could be stranded in airports.”

Because the tropical storm is “an act of God,” airlines won’t reschedule flights for free on other airlines, pay for hotels or give food vouchers. The airlines have issued a weather waivers, where passengers can change their dates of travel to a later time to avoid weather-related travel issues.


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