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Dense fog caused delays and cancellations at Chicago’s two international airports, one of the busiest travel days of the holiday season.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) temporarily grounded flights at O ‘Hare and Midway from 7 o’clock in the morning until about 8 o’clock, on Tuesday, and eased the restrictions, as the fog cleared. Fox 32 Chicago reported that the “ground stop” was lifted by 9:30 pm
Midway Airport in Chicago. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
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The FAA is stopped, and the arrival at O’hare airport shortly before 10 a.m., but didn’t have a reason to visit the website.
The National Weather Service, told The Associated Press that, “a dense, freezing fog developed overnight in the city and in the surrounding suburbs, which will lead to travel difficulties. The weather service reported visibility at Chicago airport, there was less than a quarter of a mile in some places.
“These are some of the worst conditions you can have to flying,” weather service meteorologist Kevin Donofrio told The Associated Press. “If it’s coming down to a quarter of a mile, and that’s when it can be dangerous for the airplanes to land.”
By midmorning, nearly 50 flights were cancelled at O’hare, and more than 70 flights have been canceled at Midway, split evenly between arrivals and departures, according to the Chicago Department of Aviation.
O’hare International Airport. (Christopher Dilts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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Arrivals at O’hare were delayed by an average of 40 minutes, while the arrivals hall is on the Midway were delayed by less than 15 minutes to complete. Departure from O’hare airport was halted by an average of 28 minutes, and half way through, and departure, were carried out with a delay not exceeding 15 minutes in.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.