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Spirit cancels all flights to Charlotte Wednesday as airline faces nationwide delays

The ultra-low-cost carrier says it's tackling "overlapping operational challenges" related to weather, staffing shortages and trouble with its systems.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Spirit Airlines cancelled all of its flights to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport Wednesday as the airline faces delays nationwide. 

The ultra-low-cost carrier says it's tackling "overlapping operational challenges" related to weather, staffing shortages and trouble with its systems.

A flight arriving from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale were cancelled Wednesday and a flight to Fort Lauderdale was also cancelled, according to the airport website.

Spirit Airlines has already cancelled a flight to Fort Lauderdale scheduled to depart for Fort Lauderdale at 7 a.m. Thursday.

All two Spirit flights to and from CLT were also cancelled on Tuesday.

Spirit said cancellations will start dropping Thursday. 

"We understand how frustrating it is for our Guests when plans change unexpectedly. We're working to provide refunds for cancellations and, when possible, to reaccommodate our Guests," Spirit wrote in a statement.

According to aviation tracking website FlightAware, 472 or 60% of all Spirit Airlines flights Wednesday were cancelled. An additional 47 or 6% were delayed.

The flight cancellations come as more people travel. On Sunday, the TSA saw a pandemic record with over 2.2 million people passing through security checkpoints across the country. 

10 Tampa Bay contributed to this report.

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