Travelers to Chicago should expect flight disruptions Monday after an intense line of storms moved through the region.
United, which is headquartered in Chicago and operates one of its busiest hubs at O’Hare, was waiving change fees for customers flying through that airport on Monday. Southwest followed with a flexible-rebooking policy of its own for Midway Airport, where it is by far the busiest carrier.
As of 10 a.m. Chicago time, more than 450 flights were running late at O’Hare, representing about 16% of the entire day’s schedule there, according to flight-tracking firm FlightAware. About 140 combined departures and arrivals – about 5% of Monday’s schedule – had been canceled as of the same time.
Those tallies could grow as storms continued to trek across the region. Additionally, the disruptions from Monday morning could linger – possibly into the afternoon – as O’Hare’s airlines worked to get schedules back on track.
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Across town at Chicago’s Midway Airport, operations were not affected as severely. About 30 combined arrivals and departures – about 4% of the day’s schedule – were canceled. About 50 flights were listed as “late” as of 10 a.m. local time, according to FlightAware. Southwest is the dominant carrier at Midway, carrying more than 95% of passengers there.
Most other airports in the Midwest had only minimal disruptions, if any.
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