Detroit Metropolitan Airport Remains Closed Due to Winter Weather
Update 12pm Jan. 23, 2019: After almost 14 hours of closure, Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) reopened Wednesday morning at 10am local time, the airport confirmed on Twitter. "Weather conditions have improved enough to allow the deicing fluid to be effective. At this time, one runway, the surrounding taxiways and deice pads are open," Erica Donerson, director of Government & External Affairs told The Detroit Free Press.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport remains closed into Wednesday morning due to winter weather. The airport will remain closed for all departures and arrivals until at least 10am local time, and potentially longer.
The airport closed on Tuesday night around 8pm. On Twitter, DTW informed passengers that that its taxiways and runways were closed due to icy conditions, which were made worse by diluted deicing fluid.
As of 6am, the airline took to Twitter again, informing travelers that operations remained suspended. While it said that progress had been made by crews, it was too soon to state when the airport would resume operations.
A spokesperson for DTW released the following statement: "At approximately 8 p.m., all taxiways and runways at Detroit Metropolitan Airport closed due to the icy conditions. For several hours prior, maintenance crews actively treated the airfield. However, the constant rate of precipitation has diluted the deicing fluid, causing it to be ineffective. Crews are on the airfield working to prepare the surfaces to reopen. Based on the weather forecast, DTW is expected to remain closed overnight. Customers are encouraged to contact their airline before heading to the airport."
Flight tracking website FlightAware shows that so far on Wednesday, 63 flights from DTW had been canceled, and 121 flights attempting to land at DTW had been canceled.
The airport will remain closed until at least 10am local time. Flights that had departed for DTW were forced to divert to surrounding airports.
Passengers trying to fly to or from the airport took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport is a hub for Delta Air Lines, for which it serves as its primary gateway to Asia, as well as a major port for operations to Europe.