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Flight cancellations number in the thousands as Irma takes aim at Atlanta

12 September, 2017, 14:27 | Author: Jeff Stephens
  • A Delta Airlines attempted to fly from New York to San Juan on Wednesday before Hurricane Irma blacked out the area and it succeeded

With Hurricane Irma churning toward Florida on Friday, many people in Homestead prepared to hunker down in houses that are substantially more fortified than those that were swept aside when Hurricane Andrew came ashore in 1992.

Here's a look at how Irma is impacting airports.

The storm's exact path once it makes landfall is still unknown but flight cancellations due to Irma, now at more than 4,000, will likely swell if the storm hits the much larger Atlanta hub.

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USA carriers including American Airlines have added seat capacity, as scheduled cancellations take their toll. She got to the airport early Friday trying to catch an earlier flight home. American Airlines canceled 2,545 flights Friday through September 11, but the carrier is making seven added flights to move people out of Miami Friday before closing operations there."This is a very substantial evacuation", said Vik Krishnan, a principal with consultant Oliver Wyman.

"There are no scheduled flights for Saturday and Sunday", says the airport. The airline will suspend flights out of Miami shortly before 4 p.m. Flights will be grounded throughout the weekend. It is also shutting operations in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach.

Flights to and from the Caribbean and Florida continue to operate at Gatwick but remain under review.

A California man said he missed his connecting flight to Bolivia despite being assured in Los Angeles that the Miami leg of his trip would be fine.

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Airports in Florida remain open despite slowdown as the FAA manages the volume of flight traffic. The carrier will cease flight operations in Orlando at 2 p.m. Saturday. An airline spokesman says the timetable depends on approval by federal aviation officials and the ability of security screeners and airport vendors to return to work.

He was told second-hand that many airline employees missed their shifts while tending to personal issues related to Irma.

Airlines expanded their change-fee waivers to include airports as far north as the Carolinas. The company's expansive North Charleston facility is flying out any 787 Dreamliner that's able to fly or bringing aircraft inside the factory, which is rated for a category five hurricane.

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