Day after massive flight cancellations, Southwest says Midway flights 'close to normal'

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Day after massive flight cancellations, Southwest says Midway flights 'close to normal' © Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS Stranded passengers endure a lengthy wait for checked baggage after nearly all Southwest Airlines flights were canceled on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Midway Airport in Chicago, Ill. CHICAGO - Southwest Airlines said Monday morning it would be able to operate "close to normal" at Midway Airport after canceling all flights Sunday when it ran short of de-icing fluid.

The airline left hundreds of passengers stranded Sunday after having trouble de-icing planes at Midway. More than 250 flights were canceled.

In an emailed statement Monday morning, the Dallas-based airline said expects to operate "a close to normal" schedule.

"The glycol (used to de-ice aircraft) has been replenished and the airport deicing equipment is fully functional," the company said. Predicted clear skies would also help the airline operate more than 250 flights out of Midway, it said. It also apologized to passengers for the inconvenience.

Southwest did not immediately provide details on why it was low on glycol for what other measures were being taken to accommodate passengers.

This is the second time this winter that Southwest has run into de-icing problems.

A few days after Christmas, 90 Southwest Airlines flights were canceled due to delays caused by the de-icing of planes, according to a statement from the airline at the time. The airline blamed freezing conditions at the airport for slowing down crews in charge of de-icing the planes.

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