As Hurricane Ian approaches landfall in Florida, airlines have canceled thousands of flights ahead of the storm and many Florida airports have shut down.
Hurricane Ian Flight Cancellations
Since Tuesday, airlines have canceled over 2,000 flights. This has impacted not only airports thought to be in the path of Hurricane Ian, but those across the region as downline schedules are altered to address the storm.
Thus far, nearly 1,8000 flights to or from the USA have been canceled today, including:
- American Airlines – 483 (17% of all flights)
- Southwest Airlines – 360 (9% of all flights)
- JetBlue Airways – 217 (24% of all flights)
- Delta Air Lines – 185 (6% of all flights)
- Spirit Airlines – 158 (21% of all flights)
- Frontier Airlines – 122 (27% of all flights)
- United Airlines – 114 (5% of all flights)
Hurricane-force winds of up to 130 miles per hour are excepted to batter Tampa and other parts of central Florida through tomorrow evening.
Hurricane Ian earlier ran through Cuba, causing a complete power outage on the communist island nation.
Disney has closed its Orlando theme parks.
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) September 27, 2022
If your travel plans are impacted by flight delays or cancellations, note that most carriers have issued a flexible travel waiver that allows you to reschedule travel at a later date at no charge.
Although probably too late at this point, American Airlines has offered “reduced, last-minute fares for cities that will be impacted” with an aim of helping people who are trying to evacuate from Flordia and certain Caribbean nations. Orlando Airport will close at 10:00 am ET today.
For my many readers and clients in Florida, do stay safe today. Let us hope that the storm will weaken as it approaches the west coast of Florida and quickly passes through with minimal damage. If your travel plans have been impacted, understand that these flight cancellations may continue into Thursday.
Have you been impacted by any Hurricane Ian flight cancellations?