Winter storm cancels Chicago flights

January 20, 2012 4:05:35 PM PST
Hundreds of flights at Chicago's Midway and O'Hare airports were canceled Friday as the snow began to fall in the area.

Southwest Airlines has canceled all flights from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. out of Midway Airport. Southwest expects to resume operations at 7 p.m. Friday evening. Flights originally scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. will be delayed until after 7 p.m. but not canceled. Airlines at Midway have canceled more than 100 flights.

At O'Hare, the airlines canceled more than 600 inbound and outbound flights. Airlines were reporting delays averaging 45 minutes Friday afternoon for all flights in and out of the airport.

More cancelations are possible as the storm moves through. "That certainly is a possibility, and that's what the airlines are looking at and working with them so that if there are any passengers that need accommodations, the airlines will take care of the flights. If they're in the airport, we have additional staffing to assist passengers if they need help," Karen Pride, Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman, said. "So we certainly recommend that passengers traveling today and go to their airlines to check on the status of the flights."

Pride recommends passengers arrive more than the recommended two hours ahead of flight times -- and allow for extra travel time to and from the airport.

Chicago is expected to get 4-8 inches of snow Friday.