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Would-Be Travelers May Be Stranded as Flights Canceled Ahead of Hurricane Irma

12 Setiembre 2017, 09:23 | Martinez Canez

Would-Be Travelers May Be Stranded as Flights Canceled Ahead of Hurricane Irma

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American Airlines says they have capped their fares at $99 on direct, single leg flights from all cities affected under American Airlines' travel alert, which can be found here.

Flights have already been scrubbed to the Caribbean and flights that were scheduled to arrive in Miami Friday from Europe and South America have also been canceled. The terminal will remain open and only close if the airport is damaged.

The airport is expected to close around 8 p.m., Friday, but employees have a lot of work to do before leaving to weather out Hurricane Irma.

Anticipated flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma's proximity to Florida have started to impact travelers at Albany International Airport, airport officials said.

All American flights remain canceled through today at 12 other Florida airports, as well as Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia. Brad Stewart, chief executive of XOJet, which owns a fleet of 41 aircraft, said he was booking flights until noon Florida time and had the most demand out of the Palm Beach area.

Delta Air Lines, which is based in Atlanta, said that it was closely monitoring Irma's track.

Flights at Key West's airport ended Thursday, a day later than the airport originally said.

Southwest Airlines:Will cancel flights at RSW after its 7:30 p.m. Friday flight to Atlanta.

A Delta-operated flight from NY to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and back, made headlines for narrowly avoiding the storm in a mission to evacuate another plane-full of passengers from the area ahead of Irma's landfall.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport said on its website it has no timetable yet to reopen.

But while airlines offered some cheap flights out of south Florida after complaints, passengers said that did little good if all the flights were fully booked or cancelled. The airport will be closed Saturday and Sunday. The day will give the airport time to get personnel as numerous facility's 4,000 workers were affected by the storm.

While Floridians said they are used to hurricanes, they know this one would be no joke.

AA added in a statement issued yesterday that the devastation has resulted in more than 2,200 canceled flights throughout its worldwide network.

Irma hit Cuba's Ciego de Avila province late Friday as a Category 5 hurricane.

"We want those trying to leave ahead of the hurricane to focus on their safe evacuation rather than worry about the cost of flights", JetBlue spokesman Doug McGraw said.

"Unfortunately, the passengers were kind of misled to believe that we were just going to temporarily get off of our flight and then get back on the plane, and that's not the case at all because here we are at baggage claim looking for our bags now", she said.



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