When flights get cancelled because of heavy winds / bad weather, why is it only e.g. 10% of all flights and not 100%? Isn’t either too dangerous so no plane can take off or it’s safe so they all can take off ?

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When flights get cancelled because of heavy winds / bad weather, why is it only e.g. 10% of all flights and not 100%? Isn’t either too dangerous so no plane can take off or it’s safe so they all can take off ?

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It has to do with the strength of the wind and the weight of the plane.

A small single person single engine propeller plane is is very light and as such it’s very easy for the wind to blow it from the runway.

A huge Airbus 380 is very heavy and has lots of power in the engines, as such it takes a lot of wind before it gets actually impacts by it.

So the airport can be closed for smaller planes but the big ones might still go through.

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