More than 1,000 flights were cancelled as a snowstorm hit the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, snarling post-Thanksgiving travel on one of the busiest days of the year.
O’Hare is a hub for both United Airlines and American Airlines. American Airlines waived date-change fees for travellers booked to and from 20 cities in the Midwest if they can travel through Nov. 29. Spirit Airlines also waived fees for date changes through Nov. 29 for tickets in and out of Chicago and Kansas City, due to the storm. Southwest Airlines said travellers wouldn’t have to pay the fare difference to change their tickets in and out of Chicago’s Midway, Des Moines, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Omaha and Wichita. The airline normally doesn’t charge travellers a flat fee to change their travel dates.
A few travel problems may continue into the start of the workweek. American said it cancelled 85 flights scheduled for Monday, while FlightAware.com showed about 200 flights were cancelled in and out of Chicago’s airports and Kansas City.