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Christmas Day flight delays, cancellations at Chicago airports

After 1000’s of U.S. flights had been canceled or delayed over the vacations in 2022, most vacation vacationers this 12 months are off to a cheerier begin this Christmas. But a number of hassle spots had been rising on Christmas Day.

Roughly 157 flights to, from or inside the U.S. had been been cancelled as of 5:25 p.m. Eastern Time, whereas simply 2,058 had been delayed, based on monitoring service FlightAware.

Airlines had canceled only one.2% of U.S. flights thus far this 12 months as of Dec. 22, the bottom in 5 years. Nearly 3 million passengers had been anticipated to move by way of home airports in the course of the busy vacation interval, up 16% from 2022.

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Not everybody obtained off so fortunate. Some passengers at Chicago’s Midway International Airport this Christmas Eve had been left stranded on Christmas Eve, based on CBS News Chicago, with the U.S. service most disrupted throughout final 12 months’s vacation interval — Southwest Airlines — once more experiencing issues. Southwest attributed the delays to foggy climate in Chicago, however passengers additionally advised CBS2 {that a} scarcity of staff was an element.

Those snafus additionally affected passengers at Denver International Airport, with Southwest canceling 293 flights on Sunday, whereas practically 1,300 journeys had been delayed, FlightAware knowledge exhibits. “We had dense fog in Chicago that compelled us to discontinue working final night time and into this morning,” Chris Mainz, a Southwest Airlines spokesman, advised CBS News Colorado.

Southwest on Monday canceled 109 flights, or 2% of its each day journeys, whereas 693 flights had been delayed, FlightAware knowledge confirmed. By comparability, Delta and United Airlines canceled eight and 6 flights, respectively.

“[Y]ou guys ruined my Christmas two years in a row,” one particular person posted Friday on X.

Meanwhile, a winter storm within the Northern Plains is bringing snow, ice and riskier highway situations Monday to the area stretching from northern Kansas by way of Nebraska, the Dakotas and components of Minnesota, the Weather Channel reported.

Blizzard causes harmful journey, heavy snow and wind within the Northern Plains

Southwest earlier this month agreed to a $140 million settlement with the federal authorities over the chaos final 12 months that stranded greater than 2 million vacationers over the vacations. Southwest has beforehand agreed to pay greater than $600 million in refunds and reimbursements to clients.

“This is a message to your entire airline trade: They should deal with passengers, or we’ll use the complete extent of our authority to carry them accountable,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg tweeted on Dec. 18.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report. Trending News Alain Sherter Alain Sherter covers enterprise and financial affairs for CBSNews.com.

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