Southwest expects to operate a close-to-normal schedule
Monday at its largest base, Chicago Midway, after canceling more than 200
flights Sunday due to difficulties with its de-icing delivery system.
"We will continue to work with our customers on their
travel plans and apologize for any inconvenience the disruption in service has
caused," a Southwest spokeswoman said Monday.
The carrier had cancelled six Midway departures as of mid-morning
on Monday, according to FlightAware.
Midway recorded four inches of snowfall on Sunday, according
to Chicago's CBS affiliate, two days after 9 inches of snow fell on the
The spokeswoman said Southwest could not access a portion of
its de-icing fluid Glycol on Sunday because the pump on one of the Glycol tanks
was not working.
"The pump has been fixed and additional glycol has been
delivered to replenish what we used over the weekend," the spokeswoman
Southwest is scheduled to operate more than 250 flights out
of Midway on Monday.
Sunday was the second time this winter that Southwest has
canceled flights at Midway due to de-icing difficulties. Shortly after
Christmas the carrier canceled 90 flights after freezing conditions at the
airport slowed de-icing crews, according the Chicago Tribune.
The carrier didn't respond to a query about whether it is
considering new steps to reduce the chance of similar incidents.