Southwest Airlines Cancels 200 Flights Due To De-Icing Fluid Shortage

Southwest Airlines Cancels 200 Flights Due To De-Icing Fluid Shortage

All 220 flights were canceled as crews continue to clean up from a heavy snowfall in the area.

Flights coming in and out of Midway were canceled on Sunday after the airport ran low on de-icer fluid.

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. "Confirm flight status w/ your airline", Midway Airport tweeted.

Flights departing and arriving from Chicago's O'Hare Airport didn't fare much better.

"The glycol has been replenished and the airport deicing equipment is fully functional", a spokesperson for the airline told T+L on Monday morning.


This is not the first time that Southwest has suspended flights because of de-icing problems.

Midway Airport said a total of 250 flights were canceled after an icy storm, suggesting other airlines were also affected, though operations are expected to return to normal, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Allen Kenitzer, a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, said the fire originated in the plane's auxiliary power unit, which provides power to start the aircraft's main engines and can be used as a backup source of power in some situations.

Temperatures in Chicago on Sunday were in the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service.

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