LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The extreme heat may be causing issues with flights at McCarran International Airport.
13 Action News reached out to McCarran because of posts on Twitter claiming that flights have been canceled.
McCarran responded to one tweet from @LasVegasLocally about canceled flights and said that they do not cancel flights and travelers should check with the airline they chose.
Airports do not cancel flights. We are aware that summer weather may be impacting some flights. However, travelers should check with their airlines regarding the status of their flight or reason it was cancelled.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) July 9, 2021
In their emailed response to 13 Action News, they told us to check out the tweet below.
Lots of questions about airlines' flight cancellations today. @LASairport is open and flights are taking off and landing. @FAANews implemented a traffic management program due to weather conditions, causing some delays. Please check with airline to learn your flight's status.— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) July 9, 2021
Southwest Airlines responded to customer complaints on Twitter admitting that the extreme heat was causing issues with their flights.
Southwest Airlines also sent this statement to 13 Action News:
We’re making operational adjustments to minimize both the number and the duration of delays for our Customers as operations at McCarran are impacted by the temperature. Our Employees at McCarran are working through the heat to keep people and bags moving with the Hospitality for which Southwest is known. Customers traveling today should check Southwest.com for updates on specific flights.
We had 191 departures scheduled from McCarran today.
This notice is posted on the FAA's website. The notice indicates that some arriving flights are being delayed and that it is also affecting departing flights.
Extreme heat creates thinner air, which means it doesn’t have the necessary density to give the plane enough lift to take off or land. Heat also limits a plane’s ability to climb properly and the bigger the plane, the bigger the problem.
Fun Fact — when it’s really hot aircraft departing from @LASairport will often take off to the east, taking advantage of the downward slope of runways 8L and 8R to help gain speed and lift. Here’s an @AmericanAir B772 taking off just after 3 p.m. today. pic.twitter.com/fWVcKMrvCB— McCarran Airport (@LASairport) July 9, 2021