Chicago Travel Delays Persist from Irene

Traveling? Call ahead or check flight status online

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Aug 29, 2011  |  Updated 7:26 AM CDT
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Chicago Travel Delays Persist from Irene

Departure Schedules at O'Hare International Airport were full of cancellations Saturday.

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The East Coast's weather woes continue to affect travel in Chicago.

Arriving a.m. flights from Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Hartford airports have all been canceled, according to officials.

Departing flights, however, were cleared for takeoff.

Approximately 370 flights were canceled Sunday between Chicago's two airports, mostly to New York City, Boston and Philadelphia.

The glimmer of hope along the East Coast on Sunday was Washington's Reagan National Airport, which had some flights managing to get in and out.

Monday will likely be a busy travel day. Airports in the New York Metro area will reopen in the morning hours, officials announced.

On Saturday, the city's Department of Aviation said more than 200 of those flights in and out of O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport were cancelled.

That meant that hundreds of travelers, like Jorge Gutierrez, were stranded.

"I haven't seen anyone in three months because I was doing an internship in Spain," said Gutierrez, who was trying to get home to West Orange, New Jersey.  He said American Airlines told him he wouldn't get home until Monday night.

Travelers are advised to stay in touch with their airlines for up-to-date flight status information.

Additionally, Amtrak will not operate any trains on Sunday, according to an Amtrak statement. Passengers are encouraged to call 800-USA-RAIL or visit Amtrak.com for status updates.

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