Hurricane Dorian forces flight cancellations and airport closures

Posted on September 2, 2019 by in Travel Deals

As hurricane Dorian decimated the Bahamas on Sunday, many travelers and residents of the Caribbean, Florida and the Carolinas have been left to escape the storm’s path. Many flights and cruises are delayed and canceled.

Hurricane Dorian reached category 5

Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to hit the planet so far this year. Dorian has reached the Bahamas on Sunday leaving a path of destruction. More than 200 flights on Sunday were canceled or grounded due to the risk of the storm on Saturday with the numbers only growing. On Monday around 580 flights to or from the USA were canceled. It is suspected that Hurricane Dorian will be the strongest storm to hit the USA since the 1980s!

Some airports are closing their doors

Airlines have been issuing waivers to customers for several days for journeys which are heading to destinations in the hurricane’s path, reports CNN.

“We don’t yet have a complete picture of what has happened. But it is clear that Hurricane Dorian has had a catastrophic impact,” said Sune Bulow, Head of IFRC’s Emergency Operation Center in Geneva, in a press statement

Carriers including American Airlines, Southwest, JetBlue, Spirit, United and Frontier are offering travelers the option to change or delay flight tickets.

Some airports are reporting that they will close their doors until the threat is gone. Those airports include Fort Lauderdale, Orlando Melbourne, and Palm Beach International airport. The Nassau airport in the Bahamas confirmed it was working today, on Monday, September first. However, the schedule is susceptible to change.

Computer models showed the storm moving closer to the coast compared to Saturday. The storm is moving toward Florida and the Southeastern United States, including coastal Georgia and the Carolinas. Forecasters expect it to hit by midweek, but the exact track remains uncertain. The hurricane’s unknown path has left transportation officials guessing and unable to give certain predictions to help passengers.

Source – AccuWeather