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Hundreds of flights delayed and dozens canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of flights were delayed and more than 100 canceled at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on 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, 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 weather and air traffic control initiatives were largely responsible for the delays.

A rep said the weather creates a domino effect that creates the perfect storm for delays and cancellations.

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

Weather delays can also affect the flight sequence of crews, causing some of them to move or stop and become unable to fly.

Passenger Caroline Roberts said she understands some things are beyond the airline’s control, but she said she wanted more advice.

“No one called 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 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 go ahead, and eventually they canceled it. I had to find a hotel and go through the hassle of Uber,” Zambrano said.

Passenger Daniele Olson flew to Charlotte from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport because her flight there was delayed and she was worried she might miss her flight to Charlotte.

Olson arrived in Charlotte to face a similar problem.

“We drove here at least two hours, just checked in, and the flight got delayed until the last hour anyway,” Olson said.

These passengers are not the only ones to have faced delays and cancellations this summer.

The the wall street journal recently reported that Charlotte Douglas was among the top five airports for the worst delays this summer, with nearly 30% of flights delayed and more than 3% cancelled.

Go back to www.wsoctv.com for updates.

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