Hundreds of flights were disrupted Saturday as a severe spring storm threatened to dump record snowfall on parts of the Midwestern US, while ice and freezing rain hit Canada’s Ontario province.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, a regional hub for Delta Air Lines, has had to slow or halt aircraft throughout the day, contributing to about 350 cancelled flights, according to Patrick Hogan, a spokesman for the airport. No planes have gone in or out since 2 pm, he said. The airport was expected to resume flights by 7 pm. “We are used to snow in Minneapolis, but we’re not used to this kind of snowstorm,” Hogan said. “It’s really a rough day for flights in and out.”
Two-thirds of scheduled departures and half of incoming flights were cancelled or delayed there, according to Flightaware.com. Delta had cancelled about 350 flights by late afternoon, in Minneapolis, and more delays were expected, said Adrian Gee, a spokeswoman for Delta.