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Hurricane Irma marks its third day shutting down airports in Florida today, paralyzing traffic across the Southern United States. The storm hit Atlanta and Charlotte today, causing over 1,600 cancellations, and most airports are still closed after being hit by Irma.

The storm continues to aim north, expected to proceed into Northern Georgia, Alabama and Tenessee tomorrow.


Airports are assessing damage and starting to announce re-opening times throughout the day. One of the hardest hit, Miami International Airport, is expected to operate a limited schedule tomorrow after accepting a number of aid flights earlier today.

American Airlines operated two flights into Miami today, including a Boeing 777-200ER from Dallas and a Boeing 757-200 from Chicago O’Hare. The Boeing 777 was reportedly carrying supplies for team members as well as crews and employees from Dallas to resume operations, while the Boeing 757 was carrying aid, crews, employees and TSA agents to resume operations tomorrow morning.

Further north, Fort Lauderdale is expected to resume operations tomorrow at 4:00am EST on a limited schedule.

In addition, Orlando will begin accepting flights tomorrow as well, however exact times are unknown.

Tampa International Airport will be resuming flights on Tuesday, with a full schedule anticipated by late Wednesday or early Thursday. Jacksonville International Airport was a hub for the Coast Guard’s response to the hurricane and will resume commercial operations tomorrow as well.

Besides the airports above, flights to Gainesville, Tallahassee, and West Palm Beach will resume tomorrow, while flights to Daytona Beach, Fort Myers, Key West, Melbourne, and Sarasota will resume between Tuesday and Wednesday.

As delays and cancellations are still expected throughout the week, contact your airline if you are traveling in and out of Florida.


Atlanta Airport was hit by tropical storm-force winds this afternoon, causing the closure of most ground transportation between the airport and the surrounding areas, including MARTA rail service and Uber.

Over 1,200 flights were canceled and 400 delayed in and out of Atlanta today. Delta canceled most of their Delta Connection flights today, while Southwest canceled their entire schedule after 1pm due to weather.

In Savannah, all flights were canceled, with limited operations expected to restart tomorrow.

North Carolina

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was open today, however, many flights were canceled due to weather conditions. American Airlines canceled 353 regional flights today, while United Airlines, Frontier and Southwest all suspended their operations around 3pm.

On Twitter, the airport stated that mainline flights were not affected, however, it was unknown to how true this statement was.

The airport should resume normal operations by Tuesday, with Florida and Caribbean operations gradually resuming throughout the week.


Rescue operations are continuing on St. Maarten, with the U.S. Military evacuating citizens to Puerto Rico.

Contrary to statements yesterday, Providenciales Airport in Turks and Caicos is still closed to commercial flights to prioritize relief and aid, however, the U.S. Government has yet to begin evacuation flights.

Airports in Cuba are still closed after the storm, and are expected to open tomorrow morning, however, there is still little information. To get a full list of airports, look at yesterday’s update here.

What’s Next?

If you are scheduled to fly to or through Florida, Georgia, or the Caribbean within the next week, almost all airlines are offering travel waivers for more than 50 airports in the path of Irma. In addition, airlines are offering travel waivers for specific cities in South Carolina and Alabama.

American Airlines is offering passengers scheduled to travel through September 12th the ability to change their itineraries and travel until September 30th, and is waving some cancellation and change fees from eligible itineraries. Delta is doing the same, however, it is also allowing passengers traveling to St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Turks and Caicos the ability to change their itineraries and fly through October 31st. Delta is also waiving fees for carrying pets into the cabin.

JetBlue is allowing passengers to rebook travel originally flying through September 12th for the Caribbean and September 17th for the United States to fly through September 27th with no fees, and for passengers to St. Maarten and St. Thomas, the waiver is extended to November 15th.

United Airlines is allowing all travelers to affected airports who were scheduled to fly before September 17th to change their itineraries to fly through November 15th without any extra fees. The airline still has a travel waiver in place for those affected from Harvey.

Frontier Airlines passengers flying before September 13th can make one change to their itinerary, and travel must be completed before October 15th. Spirit Airlines has made a number of allowances that can be viewed here, but the airline was forced to evacuate its main headquarters on Thursday, so beware of long waits for customer service.

Featured image by Trevor Hughes via USA Today.

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