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Published on : Friday, September 8, 2017
According to the flight-tracking service Flight Aware more than 1,680 flights to or from Florida have been cancelled because of Irma. The number jumps to 4,000 when the cancellations were recorded since September 1 in the Caribbean.
When Hurricane Irma was traced closer to several of the state’s busiest airport, airlines halted the Florida operations.
The numbers are expected to rise considerably after the airlines make their final plan and assess how quickly the things could get sorted mentioned FlightAware.
All American Airlines flights will be suspended at the bustling Miami hub from Friday Afternoon. The last flight to depart from the airline will be at 3:49 pm. Orlando main international airport made an announcement that by late Thursday all the flights will be suspended starting from 5 pm on Saturday.
It is expected that a number of airports, including some of the USA’s busiest will be put on forced halt operations for at least a full day if Irma is still tracked. Passengers travelling to those region should expect disruptions. The Key West airport already halted flights on Wednesday evening.
Other Florida airports – West Palm Beach and Fort Myers also cancelled their flights. Cancellations from Orlando’s planned flight will add hundreds of more cancellation to the mix once they are counted.
There was a waiver in fees where several fliers moved to cap fares as low as $99 one way on the few flights out Florida, that still offered seats.
The operations at other Florida airports were yet to be evaluated including Sarasota and Tampa and necessary adjustments would be made American mentioned.
JetBlue had already cancelled 900 flights to or from Florida through Monday.
Delta mentioned about its operation plan that it expected the Miami, Fort Lauderale and West Palm Beach airports to close Friday night. The operations of Delta will remain cancelled on Saturday and Sunday.
It was reported that Irma’s travel impact will be long-lasting elsewhere in the region.
Princess Juliana International Airport in St.Martin was extensively damaged resulting in long lasting airport’s closure. Bahamaas was next to be traced in Irma’s path where most flights had been grounded.
Flights operating in Dominican Republic, Western Cuba , Haiti and Turks and Caicaso were likely to be severely affected or canceled as Irma was tracked through the area.