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Airlines scramble to evacuate residents ahead of Hurricane Irma

12 September 2017, 08:28 | Virginia Santiago

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The nation's busiest airport canceled about 800 flights Monday as a weakened Irma moved from Florida into Georgia, where the governor had declared an emergency a day earlier for the entire state.

American Airlines began shutting down operations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota and West Palm Beach by Friday afternoon and cancelled flights through the weekend.

Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, canceled all of its Atlanta flights after 1 p.m., amounting to 60 to 70 percent of its Atlanta flights scheduled for Monday.

Historic Hurricane Irma is expected to pass over or very close to South Florida on Saturday night into Sunday as a Category 4 or 5 storm.

In nearby Fort Lauderdale, the airport there was closed Monday and the Orlando airport said it won't reopen until damage can be assessed.

Because of Tropical Storm Irma's high winds - Delta has cancelled 900 flights today including many at their hub in Atlanta. However, the airline says that it has added flights to its schedule.

Airlines, including JetBlue, Delta, American and United, this week added flights and said they would cap fares for those fleeing the hurricane zone.

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Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) - Airport open, but check with your airline for information about flight status.

On Sunday, American Airlines (AAL) announced that theirtravel waiver now includes a total of 50 airports.

Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to your flight to allow extra time to get through the TSA checkpoint.

More than 1,500 flights were canceled Friday, according to FlightAware.com, including almost 600 into and out of Miami International Airport.

On September 7, the airport tweeted, "Due to #HurricaneIrma, please confirm that your flight is operating before coming to the airport". NBC reported that "a police-involved shooting was reported at Miami International Airport Thursday evening..."

Delta warned its passengers that travelers scheduled to connect through Atlanta should change their flight schedules, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.



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