MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Several flights have been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, which began impacting the Caribbean islands on Wednesday. This article will be updated as flight cancellations are made available.
As of 7:30 p.m., Thursday, about 70 American Airlines flights departing from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had either been delayed or cancelled. The airliner added the affected cities are Antigua, Providenciales, St. Kitts, St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will be closing down at 7:45 p.m., Friday.
A total of 595 flights departing and arriving to MIA have also been cancelled or delayed as of Friday at 11 a.m.
The last American Airlines flight out of MIA will take off at 3:49 p.m., Friday. However, the airline did add 16 flights to Dallas, New York and Philadelphia, filling the need of 3,600 passengers.
For a more extensive list of all cancelled American Airlines flights, click here.
American Airlines suggests that only those with a confirmed ticket arrive to the airport to avoid congestion.
Airport officials are also warning the public not to show up at MIA unless their ticket has been confirmed. Parking at the airport is only available to ticketed passengers and authorized employees. All others will be turned away.
MIA will remain open during the storm but not as a shelter.
According to a Florida Keys news release, Key West International Airport will allow three Delta Airlines flights to depart for Atlanta. The flights are at 7:05 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5:50 p.m. No other commercial services will take place out of the airport, while general aviation will continue until conditions become unsafe.
Over 40,ooo cruise passengers have also been affected by this storm and are currently trying to get out of Florida, but will likely not be able to do so.
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