April 11, 2019 10:20 PM
The winter weather was making life difficult at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday.
Patrick Hogan, the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing for the Metropolitan Airport Commission, said the airport had experienced about 500 cancellations Thursday.
He said high winds forced the airport down to just one runway. In fact, he said winds had been so high at times that some airlines had been unable to de-ice their planes because it was unsafe to put the de-icing equipment up in the air.
Here's a quick look at some of the snow removal operations on the airfield today. Thanks to Tower Joe for the bird's eye view! pic.twitter.com/1fyQwE5beL— MSP Airport (@mspairport) April 11, 2019
Duluth TV station WDIO reported that the Duluth Airport Authority said several flights bound for the Twin Cities had been diverted there. Two were international flights and one was domestic. In all the flights were carrying around 150 to 200 passengers.
A spokesperson said one flight, bound for Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was able to take off again before conditions worsened. But the other two flights were not able to depart.
Hogan said Friday is expected to be a busy day at MSP as those who were unable to get in or out Thursday attempt to arrive and depart.
Updated: April 11, 2019 10:20 PM
Created: April 11, 2019 03:18 PM
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