Over 500 Flights Cancelled in Chicago as Winter Storm Rages

Blizzard on the Road
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Heavy snowfall Thursday evening into Friday has cancelled a number of flights out of Chicago as a large snowstorm continues to pound the Midwest and Great Lakes region. Chicago O’Hare is reporting over 500 flight cancellations for today, while Chicago Midway is reporting over 225 cancellations. Detroit Metropolitan Airport is reporting that its crews are continuing to clear snow from the airfield this morning, and is advising travelers to check with their airline before heading to the airport.

According to the latest forecast from Accuweather, conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate through Friday morning as the snow continues to spread eastward, with the highest accumulations forecast for an area ranging from central Iowa through southern Michigan, which could see up to a foot of snow.

Travel Waivers

Frontier Airlines has issued a new travel waiver since yesterday. Customers scheduled to fly through affected airports February 9 and 10 can rebook, with new travel to be completed no later than February 25. The origin and destination city can be changed, and customers with cancelled flights can opt for a refund.

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Customers on American Airlines scheduled to fly through affected airports February 8 – 9 can rebook through February 11 between the same city pair in the same cabin (or pay the difference).

Delta has issued a waiver for customers set to fly February 9 through affected airports in the Midwest. Rebooked travel must begin no later than February 12 with the ticket to be reissued on or before that date.

United Airlines has issued waivers for both Chicago O’Hare and airports in the Great Lakes region, for customers scheduled to travel February 8 – 10. The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before February 13, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same city pair.

Customers flying Southwest Airlines February 8-9 can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pair.

JetBlue has issued a waiver for customers flying February 9 through affected airports who rebook through February 12.

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