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More than 200 travelers spend the night at Charlotte airport

An American Airlines jet is deiced early Tuesday morning. More than 200 passengers spent Tuesday night in the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Cots, mats, pillows and blankets were distributed.
An American Airlines jet is deiced early Tuesday morning. More than 200 passengers spent Tuesday night in the terminal at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Cots, mats, pillows and blankets were distributed. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Ice and freezing temperatures have slowed some operations at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, though runways and taxiways were clear as of early Wednesday.

More than 200 passengers spent the night in the terminal Tuesday night, airport officials said in a statement Wednesday, and airport staff, airlines and volunteers distributed blankets, cots, mats, pillows and other needed items.

The airport also said 60 planes were deiced on Tuesday and 135 were deiced on Monday.

Already on Wednesday, 13 flights have been delayed at the Charlotte airport, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware. Another 18 flying into or out of Charlotte have been canceled.

The Transportation Security Administration reports minimal security checkpoint wait times in Charlotte. While the “majority of airlines” report on-time departures, the airport said, travelers should still check with their respective airlines for flight status updates.

On Monday night, more than 2,000 people spent the night in the terminal, airport officials said Tuesday. Several hundred were from delayed or canceled international flights.

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