If you were planning to fly from Sea-Tac Airport to Chicago today, count on your flight being canceled or at least being dealt a long delay.
Airlines serving the Windy City’s two airports are canceling flights in anticipation of the city’s first major snowstorm of the winter.
Southwest Airlines, which serves the Sea-Tac to Midway International Airport route says it is canceling all departures from that smaller Chicago Airport after 2 p.m. Pacific Time today.
“We don’t want people traveling to the airport to stand in line, when we know that we’re probably not going to be able to provide the best customer service experience, or safely operate the aircraft,” he said. “Be patient with us. Fortunately, this storm is moving quickly,” said a Southwest spokesman.
Both American and United airlines canceled Chicago flights from the Northwest today. The two airlines both maintain hubs at O’Hare Airport.
Some flights earlier today managed to leave Sea-Tac bound for Chicago but only after delays on up 2 1/2 hours. Alaska Airlines’ flight 20 to Chicago was running 158 minutes late reported FlightStats.com.
Other cities and flights were also feeling the weather’s effect. Southwest passengers waited three hours on the ground in Seattle for a flight to Kansas City that ultimately was canceled. Some flights to Denver and Washington, D.C. were almost reporting lengthy delays.