Hundreds of Flights Delayed, Dozens Canceled at CLT Airport. Blame Weather, Airline Says.

Aug. 1, 2022
More than 500 flights were delayed and 101 more canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by Sunday evening, mostly because of weather issues, American Airlines said.

More than 500 flights were delayed and 101 more canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport by Sunday evening, mostly because of weather issues, American Airlines said.

Most of the delayed and canceled flights were on American and its subsidiaries, PSA and Piedmont, according to the flight tracking site

By 8:30 p.m., American had 283 flights delayed and 59 canceled at Charlotte Douglas. American and its two subsidiaries accounted for more than 1,000 delays and 167 cancellations nationally Sunday.

Delays at CLT airport included 287 flights originating at CLT airport, or 37% of scheduled departures, and 217 arrivals, FlightAware reported. About 40 of the cancellations originated at CLT.

The delays and cancellations are “mostly from weather” and resulting traffic management initiatives, an American Airlines spokesperson told The Charlotte Observer.

Scattered storms were expected across the Charlotte area Sunday evening, according to a National Weather Service alert. The region will see “frequent cloud-to-ground lightning, gusty winds and torrential downpours,” according to the alert.

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The area could see up to a quarter inch of rain throughout the evening and wind gusts as high as 18 mph, according to the NWS Charlotte forecast.

On Saturday, Charlotte Douglas saw 478 delays and 40 cancellations, according to FlightAware.

Earlier this month, the union for American Airlines pilots said at least 12,000 flights were without pilots starting the July 4th weekend after a glitch in the company’s scheduling system let thousands of pilots drop their scheduled flights. However, the airline said it restored most of the affected flights.

The Charlotte airport was ranked seventh-worst among U.S. airports for summer flight delays and 10th-worst for cancellations, according to a study done by FlightAware for CNN.

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