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Hundreds of flights canceled at Charlotte’s airport

De-icing trucks are standing by at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but so far have not been needed Thursday morning. About 200 people spent the night in the terminal. Delta Airlines is boarding passengers and American Airlines flights are scheduled to begin around noon Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
De-icing trucks are standing by at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, but so far have not been needed Thursday morning. About 200 people spent the night in the terminal. Delta Airlines is boarding passengers and American Airlines flights are scheduled to begin around noon Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

Hundreds of flights were canceled Thursday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport because of the overnight snow storm.

American Airlines, which operates more than 90 percent of flights from Charlotte, suspended flying until about noon Thursday. Travelers are encouraged to check with their airline before heading to the airport to see if their flight is delayed or canceled.

As of 7 a.m., about 500 flights had been canceled Thursday, equally split between flights heading to and from Charlotte.

American pre-emptively scrubbed much of its flights schedule Wednesday night, stopping all departures after 9 p.m. That meant less uncertainty and fewer stranded travelers in the airport. About 200 people spent the night in the terminal.

Charlotte Douglas is operational, with all three parallel runways open, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday morning. Road conditions are “slushy and melting,” Lee Davis said, and drivers should be careful.

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