What Wind Speed Cancels Flights?

Last updated on April 25, 2023

Most commercial flights require minimum wind speeds for take-off and landing, which vary by aircraft and operator. Generally speaking, flights will be cancelled if sustained surface winds exceed the manufacturer's recommended maximums, typically around 35-45 knots (40-52 mph). Wind gusts can be much higher than the sustained wind and can make take-off and landing more difficult and dangerous, so they must also be taken into consideration when determining whether to cancel a flight.

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