American Airlines said Thursday that it is canceling all flights to and from Charlotte on Friday because of an expected winter storm.
The move will impact hundreds of flights. American operates more than 90 percent of flights each day at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, so air travel on Friday to and from Charlotte will be mostly stopped until Saturday, when American plans to resume flying from the city.
The airline is completing all of its outbound flights Thursday evening, and won’t leave any aircraft overnight at Charlotte Douglas because of an anticipated 1/2 inch of ice. Ice on airplane wings is a major hazard, and deicing planes is a costly and time-consuming operation.
The airline has notified travelers who are scheduled on the flights, and will waive change fees to book a new flight.
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Other American hubs are affected as well, American said. Flights from Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia will be reduced, and all regional flights by American Eagle will be canceled Saturday to and from New York’s three main airports. Mainline American flights will be canceled after from late Saturday onward to and from New York. American will resume flying to New York’s three airports Sunday.