Chicago Airport Incident Impacting St. Cloud Flights [AUDIO]
ST. CLOUD - Flights from St. Cloud to Chicago are being impacted by recent damage to a Chicago-area control center.
The Federal Aviation Administration says it could take up to two weeks to fully reopen a damaged Chicago control center that's impacted flights across the nation. An employee started a fire at the control center on Friday that led to cancellations at O'Hare and Midway Airports.
Flights from St. Cloud and Minneapolis-St. Paul have been shuffled and delayed over the last few days. St. Cloud airport director Bill Towle says Chicago flights are now running at a reduced capacity.
The FAA says that they hope to have the Chicago control center at full service by October 13th. Towle says that the airport damage has had a ripple-effect on regional airports. A Friday afternoon flight from St. Cloud had to be delayed and numerous MSP flights have been cancelled.
Around 600 flights were canceled at airports on Sunday.