Hundreds of flights delayed, canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport – WSOC TV

Hundreds of Flights Delayed and Dozens Canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of flights were delayed Sunday and more than a hundred canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, according to the website FlightAware.

Most of the delays came from American Airlines and its subsidiaries, PSA Airlines and Piedmont Airlines.

Of the cancellations, nearly 60 were from American Airlines, more than 30 from PSA Airlines, six from Endeavor Air, two from Jazz Air and one from Envoy Air.

Of the more than 500 delays, nearly 300 were from American Airlines, more than 100 from PSA Airlines and more than 30 from Piedmont.

American Airlines told Channel 9 that weather and air traffic control initiatives were largely responsible for the delays.

A representative said the weather is creating a knock-on effect that creates the perfect storm for delays and cancellations.

Air traffic control sometimes initiates a ground delay program or ground stop that controls the number of incoming flights.

Weather delays can also affect flight order for crews, causing some of them to be moved or timed out and unable to fly.

Passenger Caroline Roberts said she understands that some things are beyond the airline’s control, but said she wanted more of a 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 going home,” Roberts said.

Maria Zambrano said her travel headache started when she arrived from the Dominican Republic on Saturday.

“We weren’t sure if our flight was going to be canceled or moving forward, and they ended up canceling 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 was afraid of missing her flight in Charlotte.

Olson arrived in Charlotte to face a similar problem.

“We drove here for at least two hours, just checked in, and the flight was postponed to the later flight time anyway,” Olson said.

These passengers aren’t the only ones to experience delays and cancellations this summer.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Charlotte Douglas was among the top five airports with the largest delays this summer, with nearly 30% of flights delayed and more than 3% cancelled.

Check wsoctv.com for updates.

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