Extreme heat causes airline flight cancellations

On Sunday, the heat was even the worst enemy for a few airline customers.

Extreme temperatures were the root cause for the cancellation of a few flights out of Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport.

We had three flights cancelled yesterday because of the weather conditions, the temperature conditions primarily. Two American and one Continental", says Director of Aviation at Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport, Pat Rhodes.

If it gets too hot, some aircraft aren't able to function at their normal level... and that's exactly what these airlines were trying to prevent yesterday.

"Because it was so hot and the elevation of this airport, the airplanes could get to a point on take off role where they, if something happened at that point they could not stop on the remaining runway and they could not fly. So it's just a position where they could get obviously unsafe", continues Rhodes.

Rhodes says the safety of the flyers is the top priority and no risks were going to be taken.

"It wouldn't make any sense to operate the airplane outside the envelope that it's designed to operate in because if something goes wrong then they have no options", said Rhodes.

If you've never heard of flights being cancelled because of the heat -- join the club because it turns out, it's a rare occurrence.

"I don't recall it happening at least for the commercial aircrafts in the three and a half years or so that I've been here", adds Rhodes.

S o if you want to play it safe, you might want to save your next vacation for a little cooler weather.