RDU flight cancellations are among the highest in the United States

Passengers transit through Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Photo: Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport has the unfortunate distinction of being one of the top airports for flight cancellations so far this summer, according to FlightAwarea company that tracks flights.

By the numbers: From May 28 to July 13, 4.3% of flights at RDU were canceled, the fourth highest rate of any US airport.

  • Worse for travelers from the Triangle, who often have to connect via Charlotte: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport ranks 10th, with 3.4% of its flights canceled.
  • The top 3 airports for cancellations were Newark Liberty International Airport (7.9%), LaGuardia Airport (7.4%) and Reagan National Airport (5.4%).

What they say : A spokesperson for RDU said WRAL that connecting flights are often the reason for cancellations at the airport. Some 62% of its flights are to other airports in FlightAware’s top 10, the spokesperson said in a statement.

  • “Our flight schedule, along with weather conditions and shortages in airlines and air traffic control, combine to create a perfect storm of challenges that disproportionately affect RDU,” said Stephanie Hawco, director of relations. with RDU media, in the statement.

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