What Wind Speed Delays Flights?

Last updated on April 24, 2023

Flights can be delayed if winds exceed certain speeds. For most commercial aircraft, the maximum sustained wind speed at ground level before flights are delayed is often around 30-35 knots (35-40 mph). Crosswinds during landing may require higher windspeeds to be considered safe, around 40 knots (46 mph). On very rare occasions, flights may continue in winds above 40 knots if the airline has determined that their aircraft can handle the conditions.

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