CHICAGO (CBS) — For the second day in a row, more than 1,600 flights have been cancelled at Chicago’s airports, amid a record-setting cold snap.
As of 8:25 a.m., 1,448 flights had been cancelled at O’Hare International Airport, and 254 had been cancelled at Midway International Airport.READ MORE: Remembering Hazel Johnson, Chicago’s ‘Mother Of Environmental Justice,’ On Earth Day 10 Years After Her Passing
Delays at both airports were averaging less than 15 minutes.Federal Rescue Plan Is Supposed To Keep Unemployment Benefits Going, But Many Say They're Being Held Up In Illinois
A spokesperson for American Airlines said the main reason they and most airlines cancel flights is for the safety of baggage handlers, ramp workers and fleet service people who have to be out in the cold.
The number two reason for cancellations is equipment and planes, which stay warm either by being hooked up to power at the gate or staying in a hangar. Fuel lines and water lines can freeze.
The American spokesperson said some flights were sent in to O’Hare with fuel overages Wednesday and Thursday. This prevents the planes from needing to take on more fuel at O’Hare before reaching their next destinations. Other flights were departing O’Hare and making fuel stops before their final destinations.MORE NEWS: Supt. Brown On Making Improvements Within CPD After His First Year On The Job: 'We Have To Gain The Community's Trust'
American Airlines should be able to keep up with fueling flights by tanker Thursday with their reduced schedule, the spokesperson said.