Southwest expects normal Chicago Midway operations after harrowing Sunday

Southwest expects normal Chicago Midway operations after harrowing Sunday

Southwest expects normal Chicago Midway operations after harrowing Sunday

Southwest Airlines was working to put passengers on another flight to San Jose.

'We have paused our service for the remainder of the day for the safety of our customers and crews, ' the airline said in a statement.

"Throughout the storms, we've actively worked to manage our glycol levels [which is used to de-ice aircraft] but due to the severity of the winter weather Southwest has proactively cancelled about 220 flights as of midday Sunday", the airline told The Chicago Tribune.

As of Monday morning, "Southwest has resumed operations at Chicago (Midway) and expects to operate a close to normal schedule", a spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Travel + Leisure.

Midway, with about 250 daily departures, is Southwest's largest airport operation.

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Midway alerted passengers via Twitter that the airport was still dealing with cancelled flights.

The Chicago Department of Aviation's website Sunday showed cancellations of all Southwest flights leaving Midway.

The airline blamed freezing conditions at the airport for slowing down crews in charge of de-icing the planes, the statement said.

A winter storm that dumped about 9 inches of snow on the Chicago area by Friday evening was followed by another 3 inches of snowfall Saturday night into Sunday afternoon, according to the national weather service.

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