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All runways are open as Delta operations resumed at the airline’s Minneapolis hub Tuesday morning after Monday's storm that dumped heavy snow and limited visibility, prompting officials to close runways until 7 p.m. local time.

Momentum is expected to build throughout the day Tuesday as recovery efforts continue with improving weather forecasted for the remainder of the week. As of Tuesday morning, Delta had approximately 125 residual flight cancellations on the books as a result of Monday’s weather. No additional cancellations are expected. While the storm challenged airport operations in Minneapolis and surrounding Midwestern airports, Delta employees worked hard, despite the conditions, to keep customers safe. Customers took to social media Monday to praise the efforts of Delta employees to accommodate those affected by the storm.

“Despite the challenging weather, the Delta team in MSP and employees throughout the Midwest went above and beyond, as always, in caring for our customers,” said Toby Broberg, Vice President  of Airport Operations – MSP. “They ensured a safe operation even in the toughest of conditions and today, our Minneapolis operation is back to its characteristically strong reliability thanks to their efforts.”

The airline canceled approximately 500 flights Monday across the system and diverted 40 others as a result of the storm.

Delta issued an expanded travel waiver for customers flying to, from or though the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region, allowing passengers the ability to make a one-time change to their travel plans. Customers are encouraged to check Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the latest flight status. 

7 p.m. Monday update:

The Minneapolis airport has halted all arrivals this evening due to weather conditions at the airport. Departures for remaining flights from MSP will start at 7 p.m. CT, pending an assessment of the facilities.

As a result of worsening weather conditions and resulting runway closures at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport, Delta will cancel additional mainline and Delta Connection regional flights Monday. The airline has now canceled approximately 425 flights and diverted 30 others system-wide as a result of the storm with some further disruptions possible.

The narrow but powerful storm is expected to bring widespread heavy snow and high winds across the Plains with blizzard conditions in some areas. The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for parts of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities until midnight Monday.

Conditions are anticipated to improve slowly as the storm passes this evening. The storm is expected to weaken as it continues moving east and is not forecasted to have an operational impact on major airports in Detroit and Chicago.

Delta is offering customers flying to, from or though the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region the ability to make a one-time change to their travel plans via a travel waiver. For more information, see waiver details.

 

3 p.m. Monday update:

Delta MSP employees are hard at work as they prepare for the six inches to a foot of snow that's expected Monday across the Upper Midwest and Northwest Great Lakes region. The airline has set up its full de-icing effort at the MSP hub to keep aircraft clear of snow and ice accumulation and keep aircraft moving safely and expeditiously.

As of Monday morning Delta cancelled 300 flights — mostly Delta Connection regional flights. Additional cancellations are possible and will be contingent upon the impact of the narrow but powerful weather system.

The storm is expected to weaken as it continues moving east and is not forecasted to have an operational impact on major airports in Detroit and Chicago.

Delta is offering customers flying to, from or though the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region the ability to make a one-time change to their travel plans via a travel waiver. For more information, see waiver details.

Elsewhere a snow storm in Tokyo is prompting some extended delays and a handful of cancellations at Tokyo Narita International and Haneda International. Strong winds are also expected on the backside of the storm and may continue to disrupt flights. A weather waiver is in place for customers traveling to, from or through Tokyo tomorrow.

Customers are encouraged to check Delta.com​ or the Fly Delta Mobile App for the latest flight status. 

 

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