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Storm leaves Southwest passengers stranded on Midway tarmac

Wintery weather here and on the East Coast created a domino effect that left Midway Airport with more planes than gates last night.

Some planeloads of Southwest Airlines passengers were marooned on the tarmac for three hours and more.

southwestplanesThe last jet deplaned at 3:15 am.

The system-wide delays prompted Southwest and AirTran Airways to announce a suspension of all operations at Midway this morning until noon.

But some employees tell WGN’s Nancy Loo that a few flights did leave this morning.

Southwest operates 220 flights a day at Midway.

More than half were cancelled yesterday.

A line snaking back and forth the length of Midway’s ticketing counters was full of passengers looking to re-book after the cancellations.

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6 Comments to “Storm leaves Southwest passengers stranded on Midway tarmac”

    Pete said:
    January 3, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    You should ask why SWA had 60+ sick calls in the terminals for at least 2 days straight. And why they couldn’t use the A concourse all last evening

    mgk said:
    January 3, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    What about the luggage checked in at Southwest and are 'no where to be found!'

    Lil Irish said:
    January 3, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    My son's Southwest flight from Midway to Los Angeles yesterday turned into an 8-hour waiting ordeal. In the meantime, the same flights scheduled to leave after his actually left before his. What sense does that make, Southwest?? I think we'll look elsewhere for air travel. Their quality has really gone way down.

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