Tue, Jan 01, 2008
Volume Also Snags Travel Plans For Many
It seems anymore, it just wouldn't
be a holiday without reports of cancelled flights... though
admittedly, there's little the airlines can do about it. A Midwest
snowstorm that dumped several inches of snow led airlines to delay
or scrap hundreds of flights this weekend, and the problems
continued through Monday.
According to the FAA, weather continued to cause ground holds
Monday for traffic inbound to ORD, as snow continued to fall with
no apparent end in sight. And that was bad news for most major
carriers... including Chicago-based United Airlines, which is
already reeling from snow-related travel snags that affected its
Denver hub last week.
The Washington Post reports United canceled around 270 arrivals
and departures at ORD this weekend -- about 20 percent of its
flights. American Airlines followed suit, scrubbing some 220
flights through O'Hare.
"We are trying accommodate as many customers as we can," said
United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. "We are proactively canceling
flights to minimize the impact to our customers."
A bit down the road, the weather also snagged operations at
Midway -- with Southwest canceling 37 flights Sunday through the
While it's little consolation to air travelers, at least things
are better for airline operations than at this time last week, when
close to 50 percent of all flights arrived late, or were cancelled,
at the nation's 35 busiest airports. The resulting domino effect
lasted through the week, as passengers returning from visiting
their families often spent hours waiting at the airport for their
planes to arrive.
Faced with new weather snags this week, some travelers may want
to ask airports to stock up on champagne... as it looks like they
may be spending New Year's Eve there.
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