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Florida flights cancelled as Hurricane Irma approaches

Florida flights cancelled as Hurricane Irma approaches”

Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but the winds are still strong, and airlines are making adjustments to accommodate travelers. Is it open or closed?

Departing passengers form a long queue to check in at Orlando International Airport ahead of Hurricane Irma making landfall, in Florida, U.S. September 9, 2017.

In other words, it depends on whether the worst projections materialize, something that, unfortunately, looked more likely in the recent forecast models. Southwest also has a major presence in Florida.

Valid reasons for cancelling trips in the case of a hurricane include travel suppliers such as airlines or cruise ships that stop operations or service to destinations and hotels or other accommodations becoming uninhabitable.

Tampa expected to restart commercial flights on Tuesday morning.

The airport was shut down on Monday but flights had been grounded since Saturday, in advance of the hurricane.

About 542 flights scheduled to leave Monday from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were canceled as of 2 p.m., according to FlightAware, which tracks flight delays and cancellations nationwide.

The storm also knocked out portions of the airport's security fence and damaged some gate areas and awnings, airport CEO Emilio Gonzalez said. The airport endured almost 100 miles per hour wind gusts and sustained significant water damage from Irma Sunday, according to Aviation Director and CEO Emilio Gonzalez.

Even beyond the cancellations already announced, more were possible.

However, they were all told to evacuate immediately so airports were extremely packed Friday as Floridians jumped on last minute flights to escape.

The scramble to get out of the hurricane's path was so acute that the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday evening said air traffic controllers were increasing the space between flights from Miami and nearby Fort Lauderdale to enable them to better manage the crowded skies.

American, which operates a hub at Miami International Airport, said it canceled 1,500 flights on Monday.

If an American flight has been canceled or excessively delayed, customers may cancel their itinerary and request a refund by visiting our website.

But she hasn't gotten much further than cots the Miami International Airport set up in the 4th floor auditorium. "The situation is under control and Concourse J is temporarily closed". The world's busiest airport. "The garages are at capacity, if you are flying, please use alternate means of transportation to arrive at MIA".



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