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Published on : Monday, September 11, 2017
According to the flight-tracking service FlighAware around 9,000 flights to or from Florida were cancelled due to Irma. The airline cancellation continued to rise in Florida and Southeast as Hurricane Irma was set to make landfall on Sunday.
Airports in Georgia and South Carolina had another 275 flights being grounded. It has been reported that overall 12,500 flights have been cancelled due to disruptions by Irma.
Flights had been on halt at more than a dozen airports in Florida. Miami, Orlando and Tampa were among the nation’s busiest. Irma further moves past Florida and inland over the Southeast.
It is expected that the flights will remain grounded till Monday or more. Once the weather clears, airlines and airports will get the crews back as many have evacuated to other regions.
Georgia and other states in the Southeast also faced disruption and the airlines cancelled most of the flights by Saturday evening.
Around 2,700 flights were preemptively grounded for Monday and another 900 for Tuesday. The schedule is expected to get a bigger hit, current forecast mentions that Irma will head to inland putting it near metro Atlanta, that is one of the world’s busiest airport.
Delta also expected a possible disruption, the carrier urged the customers to connect through Atlanta and change their itineraries and connect through a different Delta hub.
Delta requested its customers with itineraries involving Atlanta Monday afternoon through Tuesday to change their travel plans through delta.com.
There have been flexible rebooking policies for Irma covering travel through airports in Florida and Southeast. Airports in Alabama, South Carolina and Tennesse rebooking policies have grown to include.