Hurricane Florence: Over a thousand flights cancelled
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Airlines have cancelled more than 1,000 flights scheduled for Thursday and Friday in the Carolinas and Virginia.
As Hurricane Florence approaches the coast of the Carolinas, over a thousand flights have been cancelled.
Airports in Charleston, Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Wilmington may remain closed until Friday, after closing late Wednesday evening.
The storm, which was downgraded from a Category 4 to a Category 2, is expected to affect millions in the southeast of the US.
The National Hurricane Center warned that storm surges, flash flooding, heavy rainfall and forceful winds are anticipated in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.
Most airlines announced earlier this week they will waive change fees for passengers flying from more than 20 Southeastern airports.
We’re closely monitoring Hurricane Florence. To help impacted customers, we’ve expanded our weather waiver, capped fares, and removed baggage fees ahead on the storm. Learn more details below. https://t.co/tiH7t777bd
— Delta (@Delta) 11 September 2018
American Airlines said its team of meteorologists in Forth Worth, Texas, are closely watching the storm’s track.
Information regarding the affect the hurricane will have on AA flights are listed here on its website.
Delta Air Lines added 1,200 seats as of Wednesday evening via extra flights and larger aircraft to get people out of the area before Florence hits.
Hurricane Florence updates:
– A travel waiver is in place: https://t.co/OOCEcWwN8m
– 1st, 2nd, excess, overweight & oversized baggage fees + in-cabin pet fees are waived
– Fares are reduced to/from impacted communities pic.twitter.com/AOTdNnvq28
— United Airlines (@united) 12 September 2018
Flight disruptions could continue after the storm has passed.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said it may restrict air traffic to clear airspace for emergency flights depending on the damage caused.