Hundreds of Flight Cancellations Throw Off Holiday Travel

PHOTO: Passengers walk through Terminal 3 at OHare International Airport, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago. Nam Y. Huh/AP Photo
Passengers walk through Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport, Nov. 21, 2015, in Chicago.

The weather is causing havoc at Midwest airports today as holiday travelers navigate the snow and ice.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is seeing the worst of it, according to FlightAware.com. Departure delays are averaging about an hour and inbound flights were being held at their origin until 5 p.m. CT.

These inbound flights are averaging delays of more than four hours. Departing flights are seeing delays of just under an hour, according to FlightAware.com.

As of 4 p.m. this afternoon, more than 1,900 flights had been canceled within, in or out of the United States for the day. Over 1,000 involve Chicago airports, according to the flight tracking website. Over 400 of these cancellations involve airports in Texas.

By comparison, nationally, there were 200 total cancellations for flights to, from or within the United States on the same day last year, and only 151 Dec. 28, 2013.

Delays so far within, into or out of the United States today already total 3,138.

A typical day in United States sees about 4,000 flight delays and around 200 cancellations, according to Flightaware.com.

Departures out of Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth are averaging about 27 minutes and 43 minutes, respectively.