Two of Florida’s busiest airports will remain closed until Tuesday
Thousands of flights have been canceled across the US.
Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport announced they would not be serving passenger flights on Monday after Hurricane Irma swept through the state of Florida this weekend.
The airports, two of the state’s busiest in terms of flights and passenger numbers, issued travel advisory notices online today, highlighting the need to assess any damages sustained during the powerful storm surge.
— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) 11 September 2017
Miami International Airport revealed Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport, which typically serves private aircraft, is expected to open later today. So far, it has only received military and emergency flights. Miami Executive Airport remains open, however, flights are tentatively operating under pilot-to-pilot communication.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport issued similar travel advice via its website and social media. While the airport remains closed today, operations are expected to resume at 4am EDT, Tuesday 12 September.
— Ft. Laude-Hlwd Int'l (@FLLFlyer) 11 September 2017
CNBC reports Hurricane Irma has been responsible for the grounding of almost 13,000 flights across four continents. Airlines and airports are hurrying to restore services as quickly as possible.
Airlines issued travel waivers for affected passengers last week, in anticipation of Irma’s landfall in the US.
Similar alerts were issued ahead of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on Texas’ Gulf Coast less than a fortnight ago.
Despite canceling more than 900 flights today in the wake of the storm, American low-cost carrier JetBlue is “planning to resume some flights in our Florida cities starting Tuesday”. The airline is continuing to waive cancellation and re-scheduling fees for customers.
Delta Air Lines also canceled all flights to and from Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports over the weekend, as well as other Florida hubs, noting the majority of services will likely be restarted sometime tomorrow morning.
The US National Hurricane Center forecasts Irma to weaken to a tropical storm as it passes north across the state of Georgia on Tuesday. However, strong winds and persisting heavy rain may lead to further cancelations and delays at the world’s busiest aviation hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The airport is responsible for servicing up to 2,800 daily departures, and about 275,000 passengers each day. Atlanta is also a primary transfer hub for passengers traveling to and from the southeast of the United States.
Delta Air Lines released a statement, explaining Irma’s anticipated general north-south wind direction and how this might affect Atlanta’s east-west runway configuration. The carrier said the storm’s crosswinds, expected to exceed 40mph, may surpass allowable limits. Aircraft are best suited to take off and land into the wind.
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