Airline Cancels 220 Flights After Running Low on De-Icer

Southwest runs out of plane de-icer, cancels 220 flights from Midway

Airline officials were working to get the passengers booked Monday night on other flights to San Jose.

According to a tweet from airport officials, Southwest Flight 2123, carrying 139 passengers and five crew members, was about to depart for San Jose. The airport said the fire is believed to have occurred in the auxiliary power unit.

The carrier had encountered a similar issue before Christmas, when it was forced to cancel approximately 90 flights as harsh weather conditions prevented its de-icing crews from servicing its planes.

Alyssa Eliasen, a spokesperson for the airline, said Southwest had 'actively worked to manage our glycol levels (used to deice aircraft),' but that due to the severity of the winter weather it was forced to cancel the flights.




Southwest expects to operate a close-to-normal schedule Monday at its largest base, Chicago Midway, after canceling more than 200 flights Sunday due to difficulties with its de-icing delivery system.

At Midway Airport, average flight delays of more than 15 minutes were reported on Sunday afternoon and a total of 264 flights on all airlines were canceled.

By 8:35 p.m., the airport tweeted that operations across its facility were "back to normal".

Chicago has recorded measurable snowfall every day since February 3, tying a record for the longest such stretch that's only been matched twice since 1885, the National Weather Service said.

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