Hurricane Irma Creates Travel Chaos, Cancels Flights And Cruises

Hurricane Irma Creates Travel Chaos, Cancels Flights And Cruises

The airlines service has reportedly announced that until September 10, no direct flight originating from Florida will be more than $99, and any flight that has another connecting trip will be capped at $159.

American Airlines also started capping flights at $99 on Wednesday evening, and other airlines introduced caps too.

It is unclear whether discounted fares will be offered out of Savannah Hilton Head International Airport or Hilton Head Island Airport should an evacuation order be issued in Georgia or SC, but The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette will check in with the airlines at that time.

JetBlue Airways and American Airlines are helping people get out of the region before they shut down operations in the state.

"If it flies, it's not going to be in south Florida", said Ross Feinstein, a spokesman for American. But it added 16 last-minute flights to fly a total of 3,600 people out of Miami. General aviation traffic will be allowed to operate until the runway is closed late Friday or early Saturday, he said.

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Key West's airport is expected to close at 8 p.m. Friday, according to the airline. Already some auto rental services at the airport are closed, but a few remained open Thursday with just about about 10 cars remaining.

By late Saturday, Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale - home to the 12th, 13th, 21st largest airports in the USA, respectively - will be largely dormant as the extreme weather rolls in. Both Miami International's and Fort Lauderdale International's administrations have no plans to close their airports. Eastern Time and headed to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Hurricane Irma is threatening to hit Florida, forecasts suggest. At Orlando, the airline will wind down operations Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET. and Sunday flights are canceled.

"As many flights are already sold out, we encourage customers traveling out of South Florida to only go to the airport if they have a confirmed ticket", the statement warned.

Mandatory evacuations in Miami are expected to affect at least 200 TSA employees - and officials said that number could expand depending on the path of the storm. "We are actively engaged in preparing for Hurricane Irma and its impact". Airline operations were crippled for several days as airports closed, forcing thousands of flight cancellations. "I am proud of and humbled by the spirit and dedication to service exhibited by the TSA workforce during this hard time".

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