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Chicago Airports' Flights Halted by Storms Added to Fire's Effects

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 11:36 AM

Storms around Chicago's two airports coupled with continued operational problems from a fire last week at an area air traffic control facility forced the cancellation of more than 800 flights in the region.

Chicago's Department of Aviation told Reuters that more than 525 flights were canceled Thursday at O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest. The news agency reported that nearly 300 more flights were canceled at Midway International Airport, with some passengers waiting as long as 40 minutes for delayed flights.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Southwest Airlines on Thursday canceled all incoming and outgoing flights from Midway, where it's one of the main carriers.

One passenger took to Twitter to express the relief of finally being able to leave the Chicago area.


Gino Izzi of the National Weather Service told the Chicago Tribune that the Chicago area was getting hit with double whammy of strong storms while the air traffic control system is making a slow recovery to come completely back online.

The Sept. 26 fire at the air traffic control center in Aurora, Illinois, was allegedly set by government contract employee Brian Howard, 36, according to federal charges.

The fire knocked the Aurora center offline and led to thousands of flight cancellations and delays last week. Federal aviation officials told the Tribune that they hope to reopen the facility by Oct. 13.

"This would have been a very low-impact day without the fire at the center,'' Izzi told the Chicago Tribune. "A few flights might be coming in late.''

The Federal Aviation Administration told Reuters Wednesday that technicians were continuing around-the-clock work to restore telecommunications service at the Aurora facility.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that thunderstorms and damaging winds moved through the Chicago area Thursday night. The newspaper said areas would get about an inch more of rain through Friday morning with the possibility of and high winds.

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