31-Dec-2010 11:04 AM

Chicago airports cancel 280 services due to heavy fog

USEastern Iowa Airport announced American Eagle Airlines has cancelled a number of services at the airport due to low visibility caused by heavy fog (AP, 30-Dec-2010).

Meanwhile, the Chicago Department of Transportation announced 200 services at O’Hare International Airport and 80 at Midway International Airport have been cancelled due to the fog (Sun Times, 30-Dec-2010). The cancellations come just two days after more than 1700 overseas travellers were stranded in Chicago after a blizzard hit the US East Coast and diverted eight international services to O’Hare from New York airports.

Delta Air Lines CEO, Richard Anderson, stated most of the carrier’s operations have recovered from the blizzard (AP/Bloomberg, 30-Dec-2010). The carrier was forced to cancel 3000 services with about 250,000 passengers booked for travel during the snowstorm. About 8200 services were canceled in the US because of the snowstorm that began last weekend, affecting as many as 1.2 million travellers. All three major airports in the New York area were closed for portions of 26-Dec-2010 and 27-Dec-2010 amid the city’s heaviest December snowfall since 1948.

Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and Continental Airlines have all released new travel policy guidelines for flight plans that may be affected by a severe winter weather forecast for Colorado state. [more - Frontier] [more - United Continental Holdings]

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