Thousands of flights canceled as Irma targets Atlanta
Thousands of flights canceled as Irma targets Atlanta
Image Courtesy Sarasota County Government
12 September, 2017, 01:42
Irma's reach continues to extend well beyond Florida as she lashes her way through the southeast, leaving thousands of cancelled flights and missed connections in her wake. The airport "is not operational and continued gusty winds are delaying damage assessment teams from beginning the recovery process".
Miami International Airport is closed Monday and has not announced when it will resume operations.
"When the wind direction is perpendicular to the runway, it's called a crosswind and can make landing challenging and potentially unsafe", Delta said in a morning advisory.
Atlanta's airport urged passengers to check their flight status and monitor their airline's communication channels for the latest flight information. It is unlikely these airports will reopen before Tuesday. We are also coordinating closely with our partners at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
A lone passenger waits to be picked up at the otherwise busy arrivals terminal at Orlando International Airport. Those cancellations accounted for about a third of the entire day's schedule there, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. Southwest was the hardest hit with 745 cancellations, followed by American with 713. The paper reported the airline is also waiving certain change fees for travelers who are booked through September 17 to fly to, from or through Atlanta and other cities affected by now-Tropical Storm Irma. American has a hub at Miami International, and Southwest has a large operation at Fort Lauderdale.
7,400 of the canceled flights were departing from or arriving to Florida airports. He also said while it's too early to know what effect Irma will have on the airport, officials are preparing for all eventualities.
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