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How hot weather in changing climate affects airline flights

High temperatures reduce air density and make it much more likely weight curbs are needed for flights taking off during the hottest parts of the day.

There are ways that airlines could mitigate increasing weight restrictions. The most feasible is to reschedule some flights to cooler hours of the day - although with air traffic increasing and many airports already operating near capacity, this could prove difficult.

HOT weather has forced dozens of commercial flights to be cancelled at airports in the American Southwest this summer. This flight-disrupting heat is a warning sign. Climate change is projected to have far-reaching repercussions - including sea level rise inundating cities and shifting weather...

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