CHARLOTTE,NC - MAY 15: Passengers walk between terminals at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on May 15, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Air travel is down an estimated 94 percent due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and major U.S. airlines are taking a major financial hit with losses of $350 million to $400 million a day and nearly half of major carriers airplanes are sitting idle.

It seems like everyone you know who is flying these days has horror stories. Airports like every other industry are struggling to find workers. This translates into delayed or canceled flights, lost luggage, and long lines. CNN recently conducted an analysis with Flight Aware of which airports have the highest percentage of canceled flights this summer. And the two largest North Carolina airports made the list. With Charlotte Douglas being one of the busiest in the country it’s no surprise it made the list. The winner however was Newark with 7.9% of flights being canceled.

They also listed the airports with the highest percentage of delayed flights. And NC is represented on this one as well. Leading the pack was Chicago with over 1/3 of their flights being delayed. Now that’s rough. I recently flew from Charlotte to Nashville and was fine getting there. I did have a few-hour delay on the way back, however. But listening to stories from other people I know who have traveled lately, I got off pretty easy.

While staffing issues play a major role in this you can’t discount weather, especially in the summer. The data in both of these lists is based on flights from the period of May 28 through July 13. Keep reading to see the where the North Carolina airports ranked as far as canceled and delayed flights this summer. Read the full CNN article here.

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