More than 800 Flights Canceled In Chicago Due To Weather, Fire Issues

(Reuters) – Incoming stormy weather and operational problems caused by a fire last week at a Chicago-area air traffic control facility forced the cancellation of more than 800 flights on Thursday at Chicago airports.

More than 525 flights at O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, have been canceled and delays are averaging 45 minutes, according to the city’s department of aviation.

Nearly 300 flights were canceled at Chicago Midway International Airport and some flight delays were averaging 40 minutes or more. Southwest Airlines, the largest airline serving Midway, canceled all flights after noon.

The National Weather Service said much of the Chicago area would get about an inch of rain from severe thunderstorms on Thursday.

A fire last Friday forced the evacuation of the Federal Aviation Administration control center in Aurora, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and severely affected air traffic, with thousands of flights canceled in the first two days.

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