How Bad Do Winds Have to Be to Cancel Flights?

Last updated on April 25, 2023

Flight cancellations due to high wind speeds are based on aircraft type, the pilot's discretion, and wind speeds usually measured in knots (1 kt = 1.15 mph). High wind gusts, turbulence, and crosswinds can be a severe danger to air travel and as such, winds over 50 kts or 58 mph can typically cause cancellation of flights. Extremely high winds such as cyclones, typhoons, or tornadoes have the capability to completely shut down airports.

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