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Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Southwest Resumes Service After Canceling All Halfway Flights

Southwest Resumes Service After Canceling All Halfway Flights

Forbes notes that the same thing happened in December, when Southwest canceled at least 90 flights from Midway due to de-icing issues.

Passengers and crew members onboard the Boeing 737 at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Southern California, were told to disembark using the aircraft's front emergency slides just after the plane had pushed back from the gate.

It was reported at about 7:30 p.m., Deanne Thompson, an airport spokeswoman, said.

Southwest Airlines officials say flights are operating close to normal at Chicago's Midway International Airport after the airline canceled hundreds of them Sunday because of a shortage of de-icing fluid.

"A few minor injuries" were reported by the airport in a tweet, although officials have not released further information about those - only saying no one was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The carrier had cancelled six Midway departures as of mid-morning on Monday, according to FlightAware. By late Sunday, a total of 235 flights on all airlines were canceled and the average delay on departing flights was around 22 minutes as of 4pm on Sunday.

In a statement, the airline said its employees in Orange County were "working diligently" to make accommodations for passengers.

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

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