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Another day of flight delays in Charlotte

It’s another day of flight delays for people flying in the United States, and the flight board at Charlotte Douglas International Airport has its share of delays Wednesday afternoon.

According to FlightStats, a website that tracks flight schedules across the country, between 15 and 20 percent of arrivals and departures Wednesday in Charlotte have been 15 or more minutes late.

Charlotte’s situation appears to be typical.

The delays are largely due to short-staffed air traffic control towers. The FAA has ordered furloughs for air traffic controllers, as the agency deals with big budget cuts as a result of federal sequestration.

The FAA said about 1,200 flight delays Monday were due to the furloughs and another 1,025 on Tuesday were the result of short-staffing in air traffic control towers.

In a statement issued Wednesday morning, the FAA also said “staffing challenges” are causing problems for regional air traffic control centers in Miami, Los Angteles and Tampa.

“Controllers will space planes father apart so they can manage traffic with current staff, which will lead to delays at airports including Chicago O’Hare, Las Vegas and Tampa,” the FAA’s statement said.

Between noon and 2 p.m., according to FlightStats, 20 percent of arrivals and departures were late at Charlotte Douglas International. The average delay of late flights was nearly 50 minutes -- considerably higher than the average delay time for the period from 6 to 8 a.m. Wednesday, which was about 20 minutes.

Some of the flights were quite late. A departing flight for Memphis between 1 and 2 p.m. took off nearly two hours late. Three arriving flights -- from Cincinnati, Columbus and Norfolk -- arrived more than two hours later between noon and 2 p.m.

FlightStats reported that on Monday, Charlotte Douglas International had the ninth-highest percentage of flights that were delayed -- more than 32 percent. The worst record was at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, where more than half the day’s flights left or arrived late.

Statistics were not available for Tuesday.

By mid-afternoon Wednesday, FlightStats showed the longest delays were at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, although takeoffs and landings also were “moderately” late at LaGuardia in New York City, in Los Angeles, and at O’Hare in Chicago.

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