TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

The scramble to get out of the hurricane's path was so acute that the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday evening said air traffic controllers were increasing the space between flights from Miami and nearby Fort Lauderdale to enable them to better manage the crowded skies.

"The earliest flight we could get was tomorrow morning, so now we're here waiting at the airport since we can't check in until 4", she said.

Airlines typically cancel flights before major storms and move aircraft away so they aren't stranded in closed airports or damaged by high winds, flying debris, collapsing facilities, or flood waters.

Delta said it was adding flights and would use larger planes to add more than 2,000 seats for passengers in Irma's path in Florida - including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando - and the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

All American flights remain canceled through today at 12 other Florida airports, as well as Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.

Almost 64% of stations in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area are out of fuel, according to GasBuddy. Another user tweeted a screenshot of a United flight out of Miami selling for $6700. "Everything's great, ' and I got a text message on a flight from Miami that said, Your flight's canceled from Miami to Bolivia'".

Further north, at Tampa International officials said early inspections showed minimal damage after the airport sustained winds of up to 52 miles per hour and gusts of 66 miles per hour.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will suspend operations on Friday, wih the last flight departing at 7:45 p.m.

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Miami, home to one of American Airlines' largest hubs, said Wednesday it will "wind down operations" on Friday afternoon at Miami International Airport, as well as at Ft.

Airlines are scrambling to get out of the way of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded as the storm threatens to make landfall in the continental USA this weekend.

Daytona Beach International Airport will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. The earliest arrival of these winds is now expected around late Friday night/early Saturday morning. In addition to 15 airports in Florida, the alert also involves destinations in Southeast U.S., The Bahamas, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

Finally, Southwest Airlines has issued a waiver for travel through September 17.

By comparison, Hurricane Ike, which hit Texas in 2008, canceled only 3,400 flights for the airline.

For the few seats still available out of Florida, JetBlue capped fares at $99 one-way and at $159 for connecting flights through September 13.

British Airways has also cancelled Saturday's round-trip to Antigua "due to a change in the path of Hurricane Jose".

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