You might want to check the flight boards again at MSP. There are over 100 cancelations already.
It goes to show how it's all relative and how most parts of the continental US can't handle this type of weather that routinely hit other places in the world. Take Winnipeg for example. It's currently -40C with a -50 windchill, yet not a single flight on their FIDS this morning is showing as cancelled and only a few flights are delayed: https://www.waa.ca/flights/departures
MSP is often similar to YWG. I'd bet most cancellations there are due to inbound aircraft being cancelled from someplace else.
Indeed. The USA is the land of the cry-baby airlines, apparently.
In reality, it probably is a matter of money. USA airlines, as greedy as they are - are not interested in spending one dime more than necessary on extreme cold-weather gear and equipment. So, they rather cancel the flight, hang on the dollars for a couple of days to collect rate-fees, and then refund the tickets. Since the airlines ALSO don't have to pay their personnel if they are "not working", it is a win-win situation to the airlines.
Clearly, this is not happening in Canada, nor in Switzerland or Scandinavia. Because if that's was the case, those countries/areas would probably shutdown for 4+ months a year.
you seem a bit disconnected from some realities.
Lets talk about just how busy these cold weather airports in Canada, Switzerland or Scandanavia are... first - I'd suggest that none really exist in Switzerland, and the truly cold ones in Scandinavia are tiny, tiny little operations. Copenhagen, Olso, Stockholm even Helsinki are mild locations - the harsh weather is way north, where the population and airports are small.
Canada - sure... Winnipeg is far larger than those Arctic operations... and by my count, have a whopping 306 total arrivals/departures scheduled for today.
Let me repeat - 306.
Now for Chicago... hmmmmm.... per 2017 statistics, O'Hare averages 2370 movements daily.
So lets see, that's 306 for Winnipeg, and 1190 for O'Hare. We're not even factoring the 344 per day from Chicago Midway, nor are we factoring the much greater level of cargo ops/widebodies handled at ORD vs YYC.
At the big cold weather airport in the US - on their very worst days, with max cancellations, handle far more operations then the max amount cold weather airports do the countries you've cited.
As far as being cheap - hardly. flight delays and cancellations cost the US airlines, far, far money than cancelling flight saves.
The airlines still have to pay plenty of personnel, including overtime later on during recovery, there's misc compensation to pax, there's lost revenue on cargo, there's rebooking elsewhere.
Ground personnel have plenty of cold weather gear and equipment - that does not change the fact that its not possible to maintain high productivity at a massive operation like ORD in a subzero still air temp / -50 wind chill. What occurs in tiny airports elsewhere has no bearing.
"cry babies", indeed.
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