Airlines capped prices on tickets departing from much of Florida and the Caribbean, after customers complained that seats on the few flights that remained this week ahead of Hurricane Irma were far more expensive than usual. "Many flights have been canceled", officials warned on the airport's website.
On Wednesday, JetBlue Airways, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood's largest carrier, had canceled 130 flights in and out of destinations impacted by Irma's path. The airline said it will evaluate operations at other Florida airports, including Sarasota and Tampa, and will make adjustments as needed.
"It's just for precautionary measures, just in case", said one traveler. "As we started trying to book them, they were being sold out". "So it's a tough situation". The airport said that 17 scheduled flights were cancelled for Friday, September 8, 2017, a number likely to change.
Allegiant Airlines flight 738 was the only flight arriving from Orlando of the day.
While one online source claimed Miami International Airport will close at 7 p.m. on Friday, Greg Chin, a spokesman for MIA, told Heavy on Thursday that the airport will only close if safety becomes an issue.
Air Canada announced on Friday that they had canceled all flights to and from Florida beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11.
American Airlines, United and Delta all were said to have raised prices dramatically, lowering chances people would be able to get out of Florida unless they were ready to empty out their pocketbooks.
On Thursday afternoon, Miami Beach Commissioner Ricky Arriola was among those caught in the baggage fiasco.
Twelve of those flights are heading to Dallas/Fort Worth, three are going to NY and one is flying to Philadelphia. Fatow's baggage was already checked in. Before coming to the airport, please confirm that your flight is still operating.
No. 21 South Florida and UConn called off their game in CT because of travel concerns.
They were among dozens of passengers overnight who were waiting and hoping for a flight. She will leave Friday morning. The Gators also gave up hotel rooms in Gainesville so more would be available to hurricane evacuees. "Hurricane Jose is next, though it will be less traumatic, but there's bound to be more behind it. Hurricane season technically ends the end of November but the peak time is September 10", he said.
Arriola said he would be demanding a "full investigation" into the matter from his congressional leaders. You can see the updated weather page for Orlando here.