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More than 200 Flights Canceled at MSP

Only one runway safe to use on Saturday

April 14, 2018 - 10:39 am

The early spring snow storm blanketing the Twin Cities is eating up the airline schedule at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport.

More than 200 flights were canceled on Saturday because high winds and snowfall are making only one runway safe to use.

"Of course, every so often we have to shut that down for plowing, so there are times of the day when we don't have any runways available," said MSP spokesman Patrick Hogan.

"We're hoping later that we'll be able to open another one of our runways." he said. That really depends on what the winds do."

Because of the advanced warning of this major storm, airlines have been proactive by canceling flights as early as possible. That's cutting down on the number of travelers stranded at the MSP main terminal.

Hogan said it's more important now to call ahead and check with airlines before leaving for the airport, which would help avoid getting stuck there.

The cancellations are coming on what Hogan said is typically the lightest travel days of the week at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airports. That will change on Sunday, when more flights are coming in and going out.

"We would have bigger impacts if this continues," said Hogan. "If the winds comply we'll be able to get back to a two-runway situation, which would certainly help matters."