Travel Hurricane Irma: Flight cancellations begin in Florida

15:50  07 september  2017
15:50  07 september  2017 Source:   USA TODAY

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Cape Town - Airlines are preparing to cancel Florida flights that are in the path of Hurricane Irma . The hurricane is expected to reach Florida by the weekend. American Airlines says it will begin Cancellations at Miami International Airport were minimal on Wednesday but already topped 300

Here is a list of closings and cancellations as a result of Hurricane Irma . People in Florida Keys stock up, prepare to evacuate ahead of Irma . Miami-Dade to begin evacuations Wednesday as Irma looms. American Airlines canceled flights between Miami and St. Kitts, St. Maarteen, St. Thomas and St. Croix for the next three days.

This image provided by the National Hurricane Center shows the projected track for Hurricane Irma as of Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017.© Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY This image provided by the National Hurricane Center shows the projected track for Hurricane Irma as of Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Airlines have started plans to winds down some of their Florida operations as Hurricane Irma tracked closer to several of the state’s busiest airports.

Already, hundreds of flights have been canceled in Florida for Friday as airlines preemptively canceled flights in anticipation of Irma. As of 7 a.m. ET, more than 400 of Friday’s flights had been canceled in Miami and nearly 200 in Fort Lauderdale, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

The airports, each among the USA’s busiest, lie near the center of the latest projected path for Hurricane Irma. Both airports – as well as others across the state – would likely halt operations for at least a full day if current forecasts for Irma hold. Travelers to the region should brace for the possibility of severe disruptions. The Key West airport halted flights Wednesday evening, saying they'd remain suspended indefinitely.

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Hurricane Irma is already wreaking havoc on air travel in Florida , days before it reaches the state. Here's a look at waivers, cancellations & airport Airlines with flights to the northern Leeward Islands and other Caribbean destinations have begun offering free refunds or changes to itineraries.

Hurricane . People in Florida Keys stock up, prepare to evacuate. News. Miami-Dade to begin evacuations Wednesday as Irma looms. Below is a list of closings and cancellations as a result of Hurricane Irma American Airlines canceled flights between Miami and St. Kitts, St. Maarteen, St. Thomas and St. Croix for the next three days.

Airlines were waiving change fees for fliers still holding tickets to or from the state. Several carriers also moved to cap fares as low as $99 one way on the few flights out of Florida that still had seats available.

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American Airlines, which operates one of its busiest hubs at Miami International, said it would suspend all of its flights there starting Friday afternoon. American's last flight from Miami before Irma will be a 3:49 p.m. departure on Friday for Dallas/Fort Worth.

“Additionally, flights that were scheduled to arrive in Miami Friday from Europe and South America have also been canceled,” American added in a statement.

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Service will begin winding down on Friday before all operations come to a halt in South Florida indefinitely. Read More From Heavy. Hurricane Irma Florida Flight Cancellations , Waivers & Airport Closings.

Airlines are preparing to cancel Florida flights that are in the path of Hurricane Irma . Cancellations at Miami International Airport were minimal on Wednesday but already topped 300 flights for Friday, according to News. Rains from monster Hurricane Irma begin hitting Puerto Rico.

Beyond Miami, American said it was suspending operations Friday at Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. American’s Orlando flights will end at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

“We continue to evaluate operations at other Florida airports, including Sarasota and Tampa, and will make adjustments as necessary,” American added.

In the Caribbean, Irma has already grounded flights across numerous islands in the northern Caribbean. Among those affected by Irma on Wednesday and Thursday were airports in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, where severe cancellations were reported across the islands – including at the busy international airport in San Juan.

Irma’s travel impact will be long-lasting elsewhere in the region.

For example, early images from the Princess Juliana International Airport in Saint Martin showed extensive damage, raising the possibility that the airport’s closure could by measured not by days, but by weeks. Similar destruction was being reported on Barbuda and other islands in the northern Caribbean.

Next in the Irma’s path was the Bahamas, where most flights have already been grounded at airports across the island nation. Flights in the region – including in the Dominican Republic, western Cuba, Haiti and the Turks and Caicos – were likely to be severely affected or canceled altogether as Irma tracked through the area.

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