Jul 19, 2022 - News

RDU ranks among worst for summer flight cancellations

Passengers waiting at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Passengers travel 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 FlightAware, a 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 U.S. airport.

  • Worse for Triangle travelers, who often have to connect through Charlotte: Charlotte-Douglas International Airport ranked 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're saying: A spokesperson for RDU told 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 and shortages at airlines and air traffic control, combine to create a perfect storm of challenges that disproportionately affect RDU," Stephanie Hawco, RDU's director of media relations, said in the statement.

Go Deeper: Why a travel nightmare loomed over July 4.

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