LOCAL NEWS

Over 170 flights canceled or delayed at SLC Int’l Airport

Dec 22, 2022, 12:23 PM | Updated: 6:51 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — Dozens of flights coming to or leaving Salt Lake City International Airport were delayed Thursday as a winter storm moves across the Midwest.

As of 12:55 p.m., 175 flights in or out of SLC had been delayed and 37 were canceled.

Delta led all airlines with 58 delayed flights and 17 cancelations. Southwest was in second with 22 delayed flights and 14 cancelations.

Judie Bishop-Scardasis hit some complicated travel delays but made it to Salt Lake City Thursday to see her loved ones.

“We knew this might be kind of a hairy flight, but my biggest fear, I think, was being stuck in Chicago because I wouldn’t have gotten out until Sunday,” Bishop-Scardasis said.

Across the United States, more than 7,000 flights were delayed or canceled Thursday morning. Most of the delays were due to severe winter weather conditions in Chicago, Denver and Dallas-Forth Worth.

Bishop-Scardasis left Orlando and was originally booked to Chicago but switched to Denver and then flew into Dallas instead and spent the night.

“Denver was all iced up to the point where the de-freezing stuff the put on the planes was working, so none of the planes could get out.”

Over 500 flights have been canceled at Denver International Airport, while another 500 have been delayed. FlightAware says the average delay time in Denver is over one hour. Five Denver-bound SLC flights have already been canceled today.

Instead Bishop-Scardasis was on a full plane to Dallas where only two staff members were on hand to help all the passengers upon arrival. Finding her luggage was also a challenge, but she wanted to get to Salt Lake to see her family.

“When I came out of my gate, I heard him; he just started screaming and it was very special to see them. To get to them it’s very worth it. It’s a Christmas miracle and I’m with the two most important people in my world.”

Over 530 were canceled at Chicago O’Hare International Airport along with over 200 at Chicago Midway International Airport.

According to the Associated Press, the National Weather Service reported that temperatures across the central High Plains plummeted 50 degrees Fahrenheit in just a few hours. In much of the country, the Christmas weekend could be the coldest in decades.

The storm was so large and encompassing that around 190 million people were under some type of winter weather advisory, the weather service said Wednesday.

Temperatures fall far and fast as winter storm threatens US

SLC prepares for holiday travel rush

Up to 30,000 passengers are expected to come through the airport’s front doors each day on Thursday, Friday and Monday, with more making connecting flights post-security.

Adam Ryan, who is based out of Salt Lake City, works as Delta Air Lines’ managing director and airport operations. He said this time of year is a busy season.

“You know, it’s what we kind of call our Super Bowl of the travel season as we get into the holidays,” he said.

Salt Lake City Int’l Airport prepares for busy holiday travel days

Ryan said traveling really picked up on Dec. 16, with the fast pace expected to run through Jan. 3.

With so many people trying to catch flights, he said there’s a method to all of it.

“We have a team of 23 meteorologists that are monitoring weather real-time as well as looking three to five days out so we can make operational adjustments as necessary,” Ryan said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

In March, Amariah Jacobs was on a hike with her husband along the Oregon coast when she found a rar...

Paulina Aguilar, CNN

Preschool teacher finds rare fossil along Oregon coast

In March, Amariah Jacobs was on a hike with her husband along the Oregon coast when she found a rare fossil of an extinct animal.

3 hours ago

(Courtesy: Ogden Utah Fire Department) The aftermath of the fire...

Carlysle Price

Ogden mobile home fire claims lives of a cat and dog

A one-story mobile home caught fire Friday night near Wall Avenue, where four people and three pets were affected. 

3 hours ago

A man stands near what was discovered to be a well that opened up in a Spanish Fork man's Driveway....

Brianna Chavez

Spanish Fork homeowner finds old well under his driveway

After years of gradual change in one Spanish Fork homeowner's driveway, a well was discovered after part of the concrete caved in.

15 hours ago

Michael Cook, who was running for the Republican nomination for Spanish Fork's District 25 senate s...

Carlysle Price and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Former Senate candidate charged for refusing to leave a USPS while gathering signatures

Former Republican candidate Michael Cook is facing two charges after allegedly attempting to gather signatures in a federal building on March 29.

17 hours ago

FILE: A Summit County Sheriff's Office patrol vehicle. (KSL TV)...

Alexander Campbell

Multiple Summit County businesses affected by counterfeit scheme, one arrested in connection

After reports of businesses being passed counterfeit money, one man is arrested in Summit County and facing drug and forgery charges.

17 hours ago

Green grass and wildflowers grow as a cyclist rides on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the foothi...

Carter Williams

Salt Lake City hits 1st 80-degree day of year, ties 88-year-old record

Utah's capital tied an 88-year-old temperature record on Friday as the high temperature at Salt Lake City International Airport surpassed 80 degrees for the first time this year.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Over 170 flights canceled or delayed at SLC Int’l Airport