Southwest Resumes Service After Canceling All Halfway Flights

Jon Howard
February 15, 2018

The Southwest 737 was bound for San Jose but had to turn around and evacuate passengers using a slide before it was able to fully return to the gate.

Due to a fire believed to be in the auxiliary power unit, the plane's crew chose to evacuate the plane.

The flight was carrying 139 passengers and 5 crew members, airport officials tweeted.

However, the blaze was quickly extinguished by the aircraft's suppression system. An airline spokesperson said Southwest had "actively worked to manage" its level of glycol, which is used to de-ice aircraft, but "proactively" cancelled at least 220 flights Sunday after levels ran low, USA Today reports.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, 13 flights were canceled at Midway in total, with delays averaging less than 15 minutes, officials said.

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Meanwhile, Southwest Airline has resumed normal operations at Midway International Airport on Monday morning.

Southwest Airlines canceled all of its 220 flights from Chicago's Midway International Airport on Sunday due to a shortage of de-icing fluid, the airline confirmed to Business Insider.

The airport said its operations were back to normal.

The US's third-largest city has recorded measurable snow - when at least 0.1 of an inch occurs - for nine consecutive days between 3 and 11 February, matching a record last set in January 2009.

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