225 flights canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Even though at least 225 flights (arrivals and departures) have been canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), the airport officials say they are in good shape so far on Thursday.

According to a report by the Star Tribune, at least another 70 flights are delayed along with the 225 canceled flights Thursday.

Metropolican Airports Commission spokesman Pat Hogan told KARE 11 that the airport is in "pretty good shape."  Both parallel runways at the airport have been open for most of the morning Thursday.  Hogan expects both runways to stay open for most of the afternoon as well.

Hogan said there about 40 flight arrivals an hour, which is less than the normal 60-70 an hour.  Delays at MSP are at 15 minutes or less as of Thursday morning.

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With snow expected to return to the Twin Cities, Hogan urges travelers who are supposed to fly Thursday night to check with their airlines before coming to the airport. 

Airlines say they'll do their best to accommodate people on canceled flights and are urging travelers to check the airlines' Web sites for the latest information.

The airport has 650 sleeping mats ready to come out of storage if passengers are stranded overnight. Runway crews already are planning not to go home.

(Copyright 2009 by KARE and The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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