Even With Flights Resuming, Airlines Expect It Could Be Several Weeks Before Houston Airport Schedules Return To Normal

DENVER (CBS4) – Flights are taking off again at Houston’s airports after they were hard hit by Hurricane Harvey. But it will be a while before service is back to normal. Flights resumed at a very limited capacity Wednesday afternoon at both George Bush Intercontinental and Hobby Airport.

United operated three flights, out of 483 on a typical weekday, including one to Denver that got in about 10:30 p.m., about three hours behind schedule.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport gradually resumed operations on Aug. 30, 2017, after Hurricane Harvey. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

United spokesman Charlie Hobart told CBS4 the airline has been dealing with not only flooded roads to and from the airport but also many employees stranded at work or at home, many who have flooded homes or cars.

A check of the schedule shows United is running five of its nine scheduled Houston departures to Denver Thursday and Frontier one of two flights from Houston Thursday. Spirit Airlines’ flight from Houston to Denver Thursday is canceled.

A view of Hobby International Airport, which reopened for limited operation, in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 30, 2017 in Houston. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Southwest Airlines has hundreds of flights daily in and out of Hobby Airport. It is concentrating on employees affected by the storm first and won’t resume service until noon Saturday.

All of the affected airlines are waiving change and rebooking fees for travelers impacted by Harvey flight disruptions. The airlines are also putting together relief drives to help not just their employees but all Harvey victims.

The following are links to airlines’ relief efforts: Southwest.com | United.com


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