Travel Hurricane Irma: Will it affect your flight plans?

23:25  06 september  2017
23:25  06 september  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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Hurricane Irma has already prompted flight cancelations to islands in the Caribbean. 5 and 6. The airline is also waiving change fees for customers who bought tickets before Sept. 3 and were planning to travel to a list of Caribbean countries on Sept.

To get a better idea of what you might see from Irma when it reaches a populated land mass, take a look at what happened with Hurricane Harvey in the United States, the United is waiving fees on flights scheduled through Nov. 15, meaning that traveler's plans could be affected for months to come.

This file photo from Oct. 29, 2012, shows a departure board at Detroit that's riddle with cancellations.© Charlie Riedel, AP This file photo from Oct. 29, 2012, shows a departure board at Detroit that's riddle with cancellations.

Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on flight schedules in the northern Caribbean, shutting down several of the region’s airports while forcing cancellations at dozens of others.

Now, Irma appears headed toward Florida, where the storm could further disrupt flights at airports there.

That’s bad news for fliers with plans to fly through Florida or part of the Caribbean, but could travelers elsewhere be caught in a “ripple effect” from the storm?

It is possible, but – so far – flight cancellations related to Irma have remain fairly localized. But the risk for downstream disruptions will increase if Irma begins to affect busy airports in Florida or elsewhere on the U.S. mainland.

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As Hurricane Irma batters the Caribbean, it is likely to put a major wrench in travel plans . As of Wednesday morning, the hurricane had already hit much of the Some airlines are waiving fees and fare changes for customers who are rescheduling flights to areas that will be affected by the storm.

Al Diaz Miami Herald Staff. Business. Will Hurricane Irma affect your travel plans ? Here’s what you need to know. Travel waivers are also in effect for United Airlines flights to Aguadilla and San Juan Puerto Rico through Sept. 11.

If that happens, fliers nationwide could encounter sporadic disruptions – especially if Irma brushes across airports like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

How could that affect flights elsewhere? A flight from Nashville to Las Vegas, for example, could become delayed or canceled if the plane or crew scheduled to fly it gets knocked off track by the problems in Florida.

While it’s too early to predict Irma’s precise impact in Florida, travelers with plans for the region should keep tabs on developments there.

One thing to watch: Airlines have become more aggressive in preemptively canceling blocks of flights once bad weather seems imminent for a certain airport or airports. If Irma does approach Miami, Fort Lauderdale or other major airports in the state, fliers can expect big airlines will suspend most or all of their flights a day in advance of the storm.

It’s part of the industry’s efforts to contain weather-related ripple effects during extreme storms.

By grounding flights altogether ahead of poor weather, airlines hope to accomplish two main objectives. First, they can try to keep their aircraft and crews from becoming unexpectedly stranded if weather worsens faster than predicted. Second, by having idled planes (and crews) waiting at the ready, carriers say they’re able mobilize quickly with a nearly full schedule once conditions allow flights to resume.

So far, the Key West airport is the only mainland U.S. airport to announce a broad suspension of flights because of Irma.

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