TWIN FALLS • Icy conditions forced the Salt Lake City International Airport to close for several hours Thursday, prompting Joslin Field, Magic Valley Regional Airport to lend a hand to several regional flights.
“We’ve got a little bit of a situation,” said Bill Carberry, manager of the Twin Falls airport. “Salt Lake City has been battling some icy conditions on runways.”
Carberry said several large aircraft were diverted to Twin Falls today after ice shut down the Salt Lake City Airport. There was also a diverted flight from Sun Valley, he said.
Early this morning, airport crews closed the Twin Falls runway for about 45 minutes because of freezing rain.
“Freezing rain doesn’t happen very often,” Carberry said. “So I’m thankful for the hard work of our crew.”
Crews sanded and de-iced the Twin Falls runway and re-opened it without major delays, Carberry said.
Shortly after noon, Carberry said an Airbus and several larger aircraft were on the ground at Joslin Field. The Salt Lake City Airport partially reopened at 12:45 p.m. and fully reopened by mid-afternoon, Carberry said.
The Utah airport closed after a Frontier airplane slid on the runway during landing.
The plane landed safely at about 10 a.m. and slid on a patch of ice while turning to the taxiway, Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Kate O’Malley said. None of the 139 passengers on the flight from Denver were injured and the airplane never left the pavement, she said.
Five flights were cancelled this morning, and 15 other planes were forced to return to their gates when the runway was closed, she said.
It’s unknown how many airlines were affected.
The airport is a hub for Delta Airlines, and seven other airlines run flights there.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.