Hundreds of flights delayed and dozens canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of flights were delayed and over a hundred canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport Sunday, according to the website FlightAware.
Most of the delays came from American Airlines and its subsidiaries, PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.
Of the cancellations, almost 60 were from American Airlines, over 30 from PSA Airlines, six from Endeavor Air, two from Jazz Air and one from Envoy Air.
Of the over 500 delays, almost 300 of them were from American Airlines, over 1[ads1]00 from PSA Airlines and over 30 from Piedmont.
American Airlines told Channel 9 that weather and flight control initiatives were largely to blame for the delays.
A representative said the weather creates a domino effect that creates the perfect storm for delays and cancellations.
Air traffic control sometimes puts a ground delay program or ground stop in effect that controls the amount of incoming flights.
Weather delays can also affect the flight order of crews, causing some of them to be displaced or timed out and unable to fly.
Passenger Caroline Roberts said she understands some things are out of the airline’s control, but she said she wanted more notice.
“Nobody called me to tell me my flight was delayed or canceled or anything, so I could have stayed in Connecticut with my daughter and now I’m here and I don’t know when I’m coming home,” Roberts said.
Maria Zambrano said her travel headache began when she arrived Saturday from the Dominican Republic.
“We weren’t sure if our flight was going to be canceled or go ahead, and in the end they canceled it. I had to find a hotel and go through the hassle of Uber,” Zambrano said.
Passenger Daniele Olson drove to Charlotte from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport because her flight there was delayed and she feared missing her flight in Charlotte.
Olson arrived in Charlotte only to face a similar problem.
“We drove here for at least two hours, just checking in, and the plane was delayed to a later flight anyway,” Olson said.
These passengers are not the only ones who have suffered delays and cancellations this summer.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Charlotte Douglas was part of the top five airports for worst delays this summer, with nearly 30% of flights delayed and more than 3% canceled.
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