Chicago Flights Diverted to Rockford

Snow cancels 370 flights at Chicago airports

   CHICAGO (AP) -- Snow and low visibility have forced the cancellation of 370 flights at Chicago's airports.
   The Chicago Department of Aviation said Thursday evening that 300 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport. Officials say that's due to winter weather conditions. Some flights at O'Hare are delayed 45 minutes.
   Midway International Airport was reporting delays of two hours with some flights delayed up to an hour. There were about 70 cancellations at Midway.
   The storm has dumped nearly 6 inches of snow at O'Hare.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Snow in Chicago is bringing in some unexpected visitors to Rockford.

Low visibility and snow caused six planes to divert from Chicago's O'Hare and Midway Airports to the Chicago-Rockford International Airport on Thursday. Flights used their time in Rockford to refuel and wait for conditions to improve. Zach Sundquist, Manager of Air Service Development, says Each diverted aircraft can earn RFD somewhere between $300-$700 in fees.

"It just helps to demonstrate the capabilities of the airport. We keep this airport open 24/7/365 for all sorts of weather events so that we can assist when needed like today."

RFD does not know if they will be hosting any more flights, but they say they are capable and ready in case its necessary.

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