American Airlines has canceled 1,100 Sunday flights due to the Winter Storm Diego. The cancellations are expected to spill into Monday.
Many canceled flights are to and from Charlotte, North Carolina. At Charlotte Douglas International Airport, nearly 1,300 flights in and out of the city have been canceled this weekend, according to Flight Aware. The region is expected to be digging out from as much as a foot of snow Sunday. „Hazardous weather conditions” were announced. The biggest snowfalls , possibly totaling more than 12 inches , are expected near the Appalachian Mountains.
There are increasing signs that an El Nino formed in Pacific. Since Charlotte is a major connecting hub for American, the cancellations also impact passengers headed to and from destinations not affected by the storms. Numerous flights in and out of Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and Asheville Regional Airport have been canceled too. Travelers are advised to check their flight status. American, Southwest and other airlines have had travel waivers in place this week, allowing passengers scheduled to fly to, from or through Charlotte and other cities to change their plans without penalty to get out of the storm's path. Travelers who didn't change their flights are eligible for a refund if there flight is canceled.