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Arctic cold front may impact international air travel

The coming Arctic freeze may impact air travel into and out of Houston this week, and area airports are preparing, according to the Houston Airport System.

In an update posted to its news page on Wednesday, the HAS sought to assure travelers that it was working to meet the challenges posed by the cold weather. It urged passengers to use caution when traveling to the airports for flights, and encouraged anyone with questions about flight schedules or possible cancellations to contact airlines directly.

The update also contained advice for those picking up passengers. Both George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Hobby Airports have waiting lots for drivers who are waiting on arrivals. The lots are free, and allow drivers to avoid exposure to the elements. 

Other tips for airline passengers include making sure to leave in plenty of time to get to the airport, and wearing warm clothes. Passengers may have to wait outside if officials deem it necessary for security purposes.

For the full update, go to

For weather information, check out the National Weather Service's website at or the Houston Chronicle's weather page at


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