- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 22, 2022

Winter storms blasting America have caused chaos at the nation’s airports in the midst of the holiday travel season.

As of 3:30 p.m. EST Thursday, there had been 5,778 delays and 2,137 cancellations, according to flight tracker FlightAware.com.

Southwest Airlines was the most affected U.S. air carrier, with 832 flights canceled, 20% of its total for Thursday, and 1037 flights delayed, another 25% of their planned flights for Thursday.

Denver International Airport and Chicago O’Hare International Airport saw the most affected flights.

Chicago saw 252 departures canceled, 24% of planned flights, and 220 delays, 21% of planned departures. The airport also saw 285 arrivals canceled, 27% of planned flights, and 199 delayed, 19% of planned arrivals.

Denver had 250 departures canceled, 25% of that airport’s planned departures, and 225 delays, 23% of planned departures. The Mile-High City’s airport had 293 arrivals canceled, 30% of planned arrivals, and 223 delayed, 23% of planned arrivals.

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According to the Federal Aviation Administration, planes at Kansas City International Airport, Dallas Love Field, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Denver International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Michigan’s MBS International Airport are all being sprayed with a de-icing solution to allow them to safely take off.

• Brad Matthews can be reached at bmatthews@washingtontimes.com.

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