Travellers at McCarran International Airport, in Las Vegas, Nevada had to endure dozens of delayed and cancelled flights on Thursday 30th March 2017, as heavy winds affected many flights departing and arriving at the airport. The high winds caused plumbs of dust to fly accross the runway and in-turn created serious visibility problems for pilots.
According to the local Las Vegas news-station, Las Vegas Now:
Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said Thursday the Federal Aviation Administration ordered a hold about 1 p.m. on departures of commercial flights from other airports to Las Vegas. The hold was lifted less than an hour later, but the FAA reports that some arriving flights are delayed more than 90 minutes and some departing flights are delayed up to 30 minutes.
The website had more news to report on the flight delays.
Records show that American Airlines flight 2470 from Chicago and AeroMexico flight 484 from Juarez, Mexico, were diverted briefly to Los Angeles International Airport.
On Thursday, weather authorities issued warnings and advisories about high winds in Las Vegas and nearby desert areas. The National Weather Service says strong winds of 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected for the majority of Thursday afternoon.
Crews says airport delays are expected through the evening and into Friday. She says passengers should check with their airlines for flight updates and alerts