Delays, Cancellations Linger After DC Flights Stop for Hours

Flight delays and cancellations are continuing Tuesday at two of the D.C. area's three major airports after all three airports had to halt flights due to an evacuation at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility Monday. 

Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Thurgood Marshall Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport were all affected. 

BWI officials posted on Twitter Tuesday morning that current conditions were normal with no significant delays. BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean says airlines have resumed routine operations, with some cancellations.

However, delays and cancellations were expected to continue Tuesday morning at Dulles and Reagan National, said Kimberly Gibbs, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which manages the two airports.

"Flight cancellations and delays are expected to continue into Tuesday, July 11. Passengers should check with their airline for specific information about their flight," read an update posted on the websites of both Dulles and Reagan National.

The FAA said in a statement that a facility in Leesburg, Virginia, that handles high-altitude flights over the area was evacuated about 6:40 p.m. Monday due to fumes from construction work. 

As a result of the evacuation, the facility stopped accepting new flights to handle and handed off airborne flights to other facilities, the FAA said.

Farhad Modarai's flight to Memphis, Tennessee, was among the flights cancelled at Regan National Airport Monday night. He was expecting to depart Tuesday morning, more than 12 hours after arriving at the airport.

"It's not very comfortable, but it is what it is," Modarai said. "Not too many people were upset, so that was surprising. Overall, people took it well."

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