Two Dallas-Fort Worth roundtrip flights canceled at Southwest Florida International Airport

In this June 29, 2011, photo, American Airlines aircraft sit at Terminal D gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, in Grapevine, Texas. American Airlines and American Eagle's parent companies are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

In this June 29, 2011, photo, American Airlines aircraft sit at Terminal D gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, in Grapevine, Texas. American Airlines and American Eagle's parent companies are filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

American Airlines canceled two round-trip Dallas-Fort Worth flights Wednesday to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

One was the 8:10 a.m. flight and the other the 6:35 p.m., said Ed Martelle, an American Airlines spokesman at the corporate office in Fort Worth.

The airline canceled 517 total flights at Dallas-Fort Worth on Wednesday because so many planes were pelted with hail from the tornadoes Tuesday.

“They tend to come as a package, here in Texas,” he said.

It was unclear late Wednesday afternoon which flights American Airlines would cancel Thursday, as work crews inspected each damaged aircraft. The process takes up to two hours per plane, Martelle said.

Travelers are urged to check the Fort Myers airport’s website for any changes: http://www.flylcpa.com/flightinfo/departures/

American Airlines passengers on canceled flights received texts, emails or phone calls, he said, and the airline worked to find other flights for them.

“We do reach out in as many cases as we can if we have a contact phone number or an email,” Martelle said.

American Airlines began Wednesday with 68 American planes out of service, he said. By Wednesday afternoon, 62 big planes were out, along with 20 American Eagle planes.

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