Thursday's cold front that pushed through the Big Country, lowering temperatures and bringing light precipitation and northerly winds, also affected air travel.
An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin was among those diverted here, an Abilene Reporter-News reporter late arriving here said.
Cots were set up at Abilene Regional Airport for passengers.
Don Green, director of transportation services, said that six aircraft had been diverted to the airport due to storms in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in Austin.
"Two of those flights had flight crews reach their duty time limit and had to cancel the flight here," he said. "Therefore, we had just over 200 passengers deplane and spend the night in Abilene. Of those, 40 slept in the terminal on cots provided by the Airport and the city's Emergency Management division."
American Airlines was working to get those passengers and other regular flights back on schedule Friday, Green said.
Passengers on a flight from Los Angeles to Austin take refuge at Abilene Regional Airport on Thursday evening after it was diverted to Abilene. Weather affected air travel Thursday. Oct. 24 2019
By Brian Bethel
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