Hurricane Matthew Disrupts Flights in The Southeast

Photo: Devin Durant

As Hurricane Matthew began to bear down on southern Florida on Thursday, airlines cancelled thousands of regularly scheduled flights in preparation for airport closures. A few carriers also ramped up flights in an attempt to evacuate everyone from the areas in the path of the storm.

According to FlightAware, over 3,700 flights had been cancelled nationwide from Wednesday through Saturday as of 5 p.m. EDT Thursday. This included about 90 percent of Miami International Airport’s (MIA) daily operating schedule.

In a press release, Delta said they had cancelled about 240 flights from Friday as of 5 p.m. EDT Thursday, as well as an additional 45 on Saturday. The number is expected to grow as the weekend nears. However, the airline also said they are hoping to evacuate as many people as possible before the storm hits.

“Following evacuation orders by state officials in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, Delta expanded its drawdown of flights to and from affected airports along the Southeast U.S. beginning tonight through Saturday,” the statement read.

All major U.S. airlines had announced cancellation policies in anticipation of the storm. The majority of the policies cover most of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and some of Georgia. American Airlines’ policy covered 31 cities in their network, stretching all the way to Haiti.

Delta also said in a statement that they plan on restarting operations to various cities in Florida as the storm passed and that they would do so as they see fit.

The airline stated, “Plans to restart operations at airports throughout eastern Florida will be developed as conditions warrant based on information from airports, public officials and others.”

Hurricane Matthew Travel Policies for All Major U.S. Carriers:

American: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp

Delta: http://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/advisories/hurricane-matthew.html

Frontier: https://www.flyfrontier.com/alert/

JetBlue: https://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx

Southwest: https://www.southwest.com/html/advisories/swa_travel_advisory_20168281475106509419.html

Spirit: https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx

United: https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx

Parker Davis

Parker Davis

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