Combined with cancellations in the Caribbean, almost 6,000 flights have been axed since Irma began affecting flights. Some airlines are now doing the opposite and asking some employees to return from vacation to handle evacuation flights from Miami all the way north to Orlando.
US airlines helping residents get out of the Hurricane Irma’s path by slashing prices.
In its 5 p.m. September 7 update, the National Hurricane Center wrote that it’s become more likely that Irma will make landfall in Southern Florida as a unsafe hurricane. The Miami Herald reported that the latest forecasts show “Hurricane Irma might deal a direct blow to Miami, new models suggest, but there’s still plenty of time for that to change”.
Airlines’ customer service practices have come under fire in recent months, and just a year ago, USA carriers were cleared in a federal investigation regarding exorbitant fare mark-ups in the wake of a deadly Amtrak derailment that drove up demand for air travel on some routes.
The last take-off from the usually hyperactive airport was shortly before 10pm on Friday night: an Air Europa departure for Madrid. All JetBlue flights on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled.
Flights from Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale – the 12th, 13th and 21st largest airports in the country – went largely dormant Saturday ahead of the extreme weather. Delta said Sunday it was tentatively restarting Florida service Monday, pending an assessment of infrastructure damage.
Spirit Airlines:Canceled all flights for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
All BA flights to Miami from Heathrow are cancelled through to the end of the weekend – apart from the 10:40 flight.
The passengers that arrived at Bradley International Airport were from CT but many of them were from different parts of Florida like Miami or Ft.
Flights out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale were delayed about an hour as of noon on Friday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
The flight was ultimately canceled and American Airlines personnel at the airport told Arriola that the family would likely not get their bags until after the storm passed and the airport was back in full operation, he said.
“I understand when you buy at the last minute the price is always ghastly”, he said in an interview.
If the storm hits as forecast, disruptions from Irma will be wider-reaching. Lauderdale, Sarasota, Orlando and other Florida cities.