Florida airports open but cancellations linger after Irma

2017-09-13 07:56
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Most commercial airports in Florida are open although hundreds of flights are still being cancelled or delayed as the state recovers from Hurricane Irma.

Miami International Airport said on Tuesday, 12 September, that limited airline and cargo flights had resumed. The first departure was an American Airlines flight to Las Vegas around 7 am.

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The Federal Aviation Administration says airports in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville are open. The airport in Naples on the southwest coast is closed except for emergency flights.

FlightAware.com says about 2 000 US flights scheduled for Tuesday were cancelled by early afternoon, including about 500 in Miami and 400 in Orlando. Airlines are telling passengers to make sure their flight is on time before going to the airport.

South African Airways (SAA) also waived re-booking fees to all customers whose flights were affected by Hurricane Irma. SAA offered re-booking assistance to any customers that have booked SAA flights to Caribbean and Florida airports via New York and Washington until Tuesday, and re-bookings could be made for flights up to 19 September 2017.

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