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Midwest winter storm taking toll on Sea-Tac departures

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 1, 2011 at 7:18 am with No Comments »
February 1, 2011 4:04 pm

The weather at Sea-Tac Airport was as good as it gets for a winter day Tuesday, but weather-related problems left travelers booked on 23 flights sitting at the gate.

Those 23 flights were all headed toward cities in the path of a massive winter storm that swept out of the Southwest and into the central states and northeast.

All non-stop flights to St. Louis, Kansas City and Milwaukee from Sea-Tac were canceled Tuesday. Nine of the 13 daily flights to Chicago, five of the nine flights to Dallas and four of the five flights to New York didn’t fly Tuesday from Sea-Tac. In addition, one early morning flight to Detroit was grounded.

Nationwide, some 6,000 flights didn’t make their scheduled departures as high winds and drifting snows closed airports or hindered landing and takeoffs.

Check with your airline to see if your flight is among those that is being grounded because of the weather today. Most airlines are offering free schedule changes if your flight is affected by the storm.

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