Travel Day after massive flight cancellations, Southwest says Midway flights 'close to normal'

20:26  12 february  2018
20:26  12 february  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

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Travelers wait at the Southwest check in counter at Midway Airport Jan. The major airlines serving Chicago airports are bracing for more weather-related delays and cancellations Tuesday, a day after snow and record-setting cold led to more than 1,600 area flight cancellations .

The first flight made it to Chicago Midway , but the second flight cancelled . I received a text from Southwest to call 1-866-841-4098 and enter a PIN to rebook. There’s also a massive effort underway to reach every customer individually impacted by a cancellation or delay today.

a group of people sitting around a bag of luggage: Stranded passengers endure a lengthy wait for checked baggage after nearly all Southwest Airlines flights were canceled on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill. © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS Stranded passengers endure a lengthy wait for checked baggage after nearly all Southwest Airlines flights were canceled on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill. CHICAGO - Southwest Airlines said Monday morning it would be able to operate "close to normal" at Midway Airport after canceling all flights Sunday when it ran short of de-icing fluid.

The airline left hundreds of passengers stranded Sunday after having trouble de-icing planes at Midway. More than 250 flights were canceled.

In an emailed statement Monday morning, the Dallas-based airline said expects to operate "a close to normal" schedule.

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Southwest halted most flights at Midway airport between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Central Time, with the airline telling Today in the Sky that its dispatchers were Saturday's problems in Chicago and in the Midwest come after massive disruptions on Friday that resulted from the fire at the FAA facility.

Southwest Airlines has canceled all flights in and out of Midway on Sunday due to a shortage of de-icing fluid. A lot of stress for travelers at Midway Airport, especially those flying with Southwest . The cancellation affects not only departures, but also arrivals.

"The glycol (used to de-ice aircraft) has been replenished and the airport deicing equipment is fully functional," the company said. Predicted clear skies would also help the airline operate more than 250 flights out of Midway, it said. It also apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

Southwest did not immediately provide details on why it was low on glycol for what other measures were being taken to accommodate passengers.

This is the second time this winter that Southwest has run into de-icing problems.

A few days after Christmas, 90 Southwest Airlines flights were canceled due to delays caused by the de-icing of planes, according to a statement from the airline at the time. The airline blamed freezing conditions at the airport for slowing down crews in charge of de-icing the planes.

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Day after massive flight cancellations, Southwest says Midway flights 'close to normal' .
CHICAGO - Southwest Airlines said Monday morning it would be able to operate "close to normal" at Midway Airport after canceling all flights Sunday when it ran short of de-icing fluid. The airline left hundreds of passengers stranded Sunday after having trouble de-icing planes at Midway. More than 250 flights were canceled.

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