Storm grounds 5 800 US flights

2011-02-01 22:38

Chicago - More than 5 800 US flights were cancelled on Tuesday as a monster storm dumped freezing rain, sleet and snow on a huge swath of the country, a travel website reported.

Airlines also protectively cancelled nearly 2 800 flights on Wednesday, FlightAware reported. Nearly 800 flights were cancelled Monday.

Dallas-Fort Worth airport, a major hub, was closed briefly on Tuesday morning due to the ice storm and delays were averaging about three hours once it re-opened.

Chicago's O'Hare, among the busiest airports in the world, had the most cancellations with more than 1 100 flights affected on Tuesday as airlines prepared for blizzard conditions to strike in the afternoon.

Another 100 flights were cancelled at the city's secondary airport, Midway.

"Airlines at both O'Hare and Midway anticipate cancelling additional flights throughout the day," cautioned Karen Pride, a spokesperson for the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Some 900 flights were cancelled in Dallas, 650 in Newark, and nearly 1 100 at New York's LaGuardia and JFK airports.

"This storm is going to have a significant impact on airlines, particularly those with hubs in Chicago (United, American) and Newark (Continental)," the website warned.

  • karel.vorster - 2011-02-01 23:38

    Nonsense - we are supposed to be almost dying of the heat that we have brought upon ourselves. All this world-wide snow storms and cold and what not are just hype - isn't that what "they" wanted us to believe? Goes to show - these guys can't predict tomorrow's weather correctly, but they want to tell us what is going to happen in 10 or 20 years' time...

      Bianca - 2011-02-02 07:05

      So true Karel....

      thomasprinsloo - 2011-02-02 07:40

      Just go read up on it a bit. It's more complicated than just straightforward change to extreme hot conditions. Weather is scientific and complicated. The current cold snap is an arctic gush over the continent. Coupled with the sun emitting the least heat in 100 years (for now - source: Nasa), we might not be feeling the heat quite yet...a blessing for sure - soon to change once those solar flares heat up again.

      trevb - 2011-02-02 08:04

      just goes to show that the understanding of Global Warming is not understood by joe shmo wich. ignorance is no excuse to lack of education . Global warming is a term useddto describe the average heat of the planet , with this heat comes more intense storms , dont just be a naysayer learn about the fate of your planet

  • sjvisagie - 2011-02-02 09:53

    who edits these articles??? "Airlines also protectively cancelled nearly 2 800 flights on Wednesday" .... should it not be "proACTIVELY"??? sheeesh

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