FORT LAUDERDALE-HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - As Hurricane Matthew approaches, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) stopped all operations at 10:30 a.m., Thursday.
An arrival board for Delta at FLL showed all but one flight that was canceled Thursday morning. Departing passengers said they felt a little stressed, but were happy to be flying out of South Florida. “We’re a bit nervous, but always believe if you pray and don’t worry, everything’ll be OK,” one woman said.
One man described his hassle of trying to get on an outgoing flight. “They said that the 7 o’clock flight and the 9 o’clock flight were full, and my flight was canceled at 11 o’clock,” one man said. “‘But let me see if I can get you out Friday,’ and while she’s checking for Friday, she said, ‘Oh my God, this is your lucky day, you’re getting out at 7 o’clock if you’d like it.'”
“We had about 40 people here for a training conference, and, as a result of this storm, a lot of people are traveling back to Europe,” one traveler said. “We’re concerned about getting out at all, so we had them switch to Wednesday evening flights. We switched our agenda around a little bit, but it all worked out just fine.”
It is unknown when the airport will reopen, but officials said they are monitoring the storm and are making passengers’ safety a number priority.
Flights at Miami International Airport also experienced cancellations. All airlines have ceased operations, however, the airport remains open.
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