Thursday, August 24, 2017

Airports, airlines prepare for Harvey

Airports and airlines are monitoring Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall Friday as a Category 3 hurricane.

The Houston Airport System, which operates Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports, is checking drain systems to make sure they're clear of debris and can handle large amounts of water, spokesman Bill Begley said.

The Airport System also is storing equipment and anything that could be affected by weather. And it will provide information about flooding along roads leading to airports at fly2houston.com and on social media.

Begley said airport officials are communicating with air carriers, infrastructure providers, tenants and construction contractors working at the airport.

"The No. 1 thing we want to do is make sure everyone is safe," he said.

Begley said there were no plans as of Thursday afternoon to shut down the airports.

United Airlines has a travel waiver in place for Bush Intercontinental as well as airports in Austin, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, McAllen and San Antonio. Travelers flying through those airports Friday through Sunday can change their travel plans without paying additional costs.

United spokesman Charlie Hobart said United's "operations at Houston and other south Texas airports have begun preparations."

Plans are being made for employees from other airports to help United's team in Houston.

Southwest Airlines has issued a travel advisory effective Friday through Sunday for Hobby Airport and airports in Austin, Corpus Christi, Harlingen and San Antonio.

Sugar Land Regional Airport has filled its fuel tanks with aviation fuel, as well as unleaded and diesel gasoline, and it also has contacted tenants asking them to prepare aircraft for the storm. Workers on a construction site at the airport have been asked to tie down equipment.

Elizabeth Rosenbaum, assistant director of the Sugar Land Regional Airport, said the airport and its control tower will close if winds reach 45 mph.

"We're preparing for the worst and hoping for the best," she said.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.chron.com

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