Nearly 350 flights at O’Hare have been cancelled and more than 150 at Midway— including all of the Southwest flights after 4:00 p.m.
Delays at O’Hare are averaging 30-40 minutes, Midway delays of 50 minutes, according to the FAA.
Airlines are trying to stay ahead of the weather. United and American are waiving the fees they charge for changing flights for customers flying into or out of Midwest airports affected by the weather.
All airlines are advising passengers to check the status of their flights before coming to the airport.
The departure boards everywhere are covered in those yellow words no airline customer likes to see. Those hundreds of cancellations and delays made for a very frustrating night for thousands of passengers traveling through O’Hare. Some have been told they won’t even get to fly out until Saturday.
Alejandro Terrazas was told the next flight out is on the 22nd.
There are long lines at the American Airlines ticket counter as passengers try their best to re-book flights for later tonight or first thing Friday morning. Jean Anslow and her husband have to get to Ft. Lauderdale by Friday morning, or they miss the departure of their cruise ship.
“According to departures board.. If we can get on that, we can make the cruise ship,” Jean said.
Angela Erbentraut is trying to get home to Milwaukee and is now thinking it’ll be much faster to try the highways.
“This is the second time I’ve booked a flight to Milwaukee so I’m going to try and drive,” she said.
Thing are not much better at Midway Airport where delays and cancellations also caused backups and frustration throughout the day.
Thursday night in Chicago, thousands are either scrambling for hotel rooms or preparing to tough it out in the terminals until they can fly out.
“I had to stand in one line, missed my connecting flight, tried to tell them…” Stan Thomas said, only to be told “Oh no your flight is cancelled!”
In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency.
Wisconsin is preparing for a possible blizzard, and Walker says he isn’t taking any chances.
Parts of the state are already under a blizzard warning.
Forecasters say Wisconsin could see anywhere from a foot to 16 inches of snow, and wind gusts up to 50 miles-an-hour.
For more information, go to: