1,000 flights have been canceled in Chicago due to winter storm set to drop up to 10 inches of snow in northern Illinois Tuesday. Inquisitr reports March 5 that Chicago O'Hare International Airport canceled 850 flights and Midway Airport shut down more than 230 flights.
Southwest Airlines has a number of flights out of Midway Airport and released a statement about canceling their flights:
“As snow continues to pile up and the storm generating it moves on, Planners at both Southwest and AirTran have made operational adjustments at airports across the upper Midwest and Ohio Valley, the Great Lakes, and mid-Atlantic regions. Southwest Airlines has canceled a total of nearly 200 flights system wide as of this hour. For context, Southwest had 3,252 flights scheduled today. Since Thursday, and including tomorrow, AirTran Airways has canceled a total of nearly 20 flights system wide as of this hour. For context, AirTran 553 flights scheduled.”
Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airport are open despite the heavy snowfall. Air travelers should check with their airlines to see if any of their flights have been canceled. For 1,000 flights to be canceled at one of the busiest airports in the nation, it proves just how substantial the snowstorm is.