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Travel Hurricane Irma: Will it affect your flight plans?

23:25  06 september  2017
23:25  06 september  2017 Source:   usatoday.com

Watch a Delta flight race Hurricane Irma into and out of Puerto Rico

  Watch a Delta flight race Hurricane Irma into and out of Puerto Rico Ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Puerto Rico, a Delta Air Lines flight from New York was able to burn into San Juan this afternoon,… Ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall in Puerto Rico, a Delta Air Lines flight from New York was able to burn into San Juan this afternoon, load up passengers, and squeak out again, threading its way through a rain band as the hurricane approached.

Hurricane Irma : Will it affect your flight plans ? Irma has been bad news for fliers with plans for the Caribbean, but could travelers elsewhere be caught in a “ripple effect ” from the storm?

Hurricane Irma has already strengthened to a Category 5 storm, the strongest type of hurricane Delta Air Lines: Flights facing cancellations or significant delays on September 5 and 6 are entitled Affected airports include San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, Virgin Island; St. Maarten, Sint Maarten

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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How could that affect flights elsewhere? A flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, for example, could become delayed or canceled if the plane or crew scheduled to fly it TODAY IN THE SKY: Hurricane Irma snarls Caribbean flights ; Is Florida next? | Key West airport will halt flights on Wednesday.

How could that affect flights elsewhere? A flight from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, 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 -- or Atlanta. TODAY IN THE SKY: Hurricane Irma snarls Caribbean flights ; Is

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.


This Bride Donated Her Wedding Food to Irma Victims .
After the storm forced her to cancel her big day, she made sure the feast didn't go to waste.Williamson was supposed to marry her boyfriend of eight years, Alex Arteaga, at a beachside home in the Florida Keys on September 9, just one day before Hurricane Irma made landfall there, ABC News reports.

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