02 Feb '11, 2am

A 'monster' snowstorm has grounded more than 10,000 flights in the US

A 'monster' snowstorm has grounded more than 10,000 flights in the US

Commuters brave blowing snow as they cross Michigan Avenue in Chicago. -- PHOTO: REUTERS CHICAGO - MORE than 10,000 US flights were canceled and several airports closed on Tuesday as a monster storm dumped freezing rain, sleet and snow on a huge swathe of the country, a travel website reported. Airlines grounded nearly 6,500 flights on Tuesday - about 20 per cent of US commercial flights - and protectively cancelled another 3,600, FlightAware reported. Nearly 800 flights were cancelled on Monday as the storm got underway. Dallas-Fort Worth airport, a major hub, closed briefly earlier due to the ice storm and delays were averaging about three hours once it reopened. Chicago's O'Hare, among the busiest airports in the world, had the most cancellations, with more than 1,300 flights affected as airlines prepared for blizzard conditions to strike in the afternoon. Another 350 f...

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