UPDATE, Friday, 1:09 p.m.: As of early Friday afternoon, a spokesman for Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reported a total of 15 canceled flights and 77 delayed flights as a result of the fire that shut down service at Chicago airports.
Of those cancelled at Sea-Tac, six were outbound and nine were inbound, said spokesman Perry Cooper, and 40 outbound and 37 inbound flights were delayed.
On average, the airport sees approximately 1,000 inbound and outbound flights in a 24-hour period, he said.
ORIGINAL POST: Flight cancellations and delays at Chicago’s airports have had a minimal impact on Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, at least so far, according to an airport spokesman.
“We’re not seeing a pileup right now,” said Port of Seattle spokesman Perry Cooper early Friday morning. He did say, however, there is a potential for a domino effect later due to canceled inbound flights from Chicago and missed connections.
Perry advised travelers to check in frequently with their airlines and to check the flight information available on the airport’s website at Port of Seattle Flight Information.
Chicago’s two airports were shut down after a disgruntled contract employee intentionally set fire to an air traffic control facility and forced the evacuation of the control center in Aurora, about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago. Emergency crews found a man in the basement with a self-inflicted wound and took him to a hospital.
The man was a contract employee of the Federal Aviation Administration, Aurora Police Chief Gregory Thomas said. He said it was not a terrorist act and that the investigation was being run by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and local police and fire departments.