Winter weather causes delays at Charlotte airport

Winter weather causes delays at Charlotte airport

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on January 3, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 9:32 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Winter weather caused major delays at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, even though there wasn’t a snowflake in sight around Charlotte.  

Major storms in the Midwest, New England and Northeast prompted airlines to cancel or delay thousands of flights nationwide.  

U.S. airlines canceled more than 2,300 flights Thursday because of the snowfall and low visibility.

By Friday morning, about 1,600 flights were canceled nationwide, according to the aviation tracking website FlightAware.com. 

 
Long lines in front of airline service centers began forming around 3 p.m. at the Charlotte ariport.  Many travelers were forced to spend the night at the airport.  
 
David Chen’s trip home to Los Angeles was canceled.  
 
“I was supposed to leave at 4:20 p.m.. today. It was canceled. Afterwards they gave me another flight for Saturday at 7 a.m. at an airport an hour from my house.  They gave me toiletries but won’t provide a hotel room,” said Chen. "You’ll probably see a lot of people sleeping here tonight, like me.”
 
Some airlines, like US Airways, are waiving change fees for certain dates and destinations. Contact your airline to see if you qualify. 
 

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