U.S. Airlines Making Preparations Ahead of Historic Hurricane Matthew

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2016 – With Hurricane Matthew expected to make landfall along the Southeastern coast of Florida today, U.S. airlines are quickly moving to accommodate the thousands of customers whose travel plans may be impacted by the storm’s path.

“Safety is always airlines’ first priority, and to protect both passengers and employees, airlines began moving crew and aircraft out of the way of the storm and pre-emptively canceling flights on Wednesday,” said Billy Nolen, A4A Senior Vice President, Safety, Security and Operations. “Doing so helps ensure that neither passengers nor crew are stranded and enables airlines to recover and accommodate customers as soon as possible when it is safe to do so.”

Airlines have announced flexible rebooking options for travelers whose flights originate or depart out of Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Miami and Orlando in Fla., Savannah, Ga. and Charleston, S.C. and even into parts of coastal North Carolina.

A4A’s newly launched interactive data dashboard provides access to aggregated flight operations and information for U.S. airlines and airports across the country, including flight cancellations and delays. The dashboard provides the current operation status for the top 30 U.S. airports by passenger volume.

Additionally, airport closings and travel advisories for the following have been issued:

  • FLL will close at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 6 through Oct. 7, 10:30 a.m. (estimate)
  • MIA has no immediate closure plans; operations will be restricted once crosswind thresholds have been exceeded
  • PBI has no defined closure time but will not have ATC services available once the winds reach 56 mph sustained
  • There are reports MCO will close at 8:00 p.m. Oct.6. A4A is working to confirm this.
  • JAX and north are mostly normal ops through today. A4A expects carriers and airports to take action later this afternoon for tomorrow.

Visit Airlines.org for more details on current waiver information and travel advisories.


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