Updated 01/03/14 – 1:54 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Southwest Airlines cancelled more than 130 flights at Midway International Airport — including every flight through noon — as it tries to recover from a travel nightmare that left hundreds of passengers sitting on planes stuck on the tarmac for as long as four hours overnight.READ MORE: CBS 2 News Chicago Launches First Alert Weather
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports at least 10 Southwest flights at Midway were forced to wait on the tarmac after landing late Thursday night, because other departing flights were unable to take off, and were still sitting at their gates, leaving arriving flights with nowhere to go.
The flights that were stuck at the gates could not leave, because of icing problems, and due to inclement weather on the East Coast. That created a backlog that forced arriving flights to wait on the tarmac after landing.