Windy conditions cause flight delays at McCarran Airport

LAS VEGAS - Travelers flying in and out of McCarran International Airport Thursday dealt with weather-related travel delays. High winds and poor visibility due to blown dust are causing flight delays at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

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.

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center

Records show that American Airlines flight 2470 from Chicago and AeroMexico flight 484 from Juarez, Mexico, were diverted briefly to Los Angeles International Airport.

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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

8 News NOW Meteorologist Tedd Florendo says he doesn't expect the winds to die down until after 9 p.m.

The gusty conditions are expected to continue through Friday, especially in northwest Las Vegas.


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