High winds affecting air travel

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

High winds from a fierce winter storm in the Midwest are playing havoc with airline travel.

Because of the wind, airlines canceled more than 250 flights today at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, some arriving flights were being delayed about three hours and some departures were delayed by up to 4 1/2 hours. The longest delays were to JFK and Newark airports and to Chicago due to snow and wind in those cities.

More than 60 flights out of Minneapolis-St. Paul were canceled, mostly on regional carriers. Northwest Airlines says it's canceled more than 20 flights nationwide, including 6 in the Twin Cities.

An airport spokesman says Minneapolis-St. Paul has been using only one or two of its four runways, but trying to keep one runway open at all times.]

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