Airlines cancel 2,000 flights on Thursday as Hurricane Ian disrupts travel

Air carriers are scrambling to reschedule flights in the wake of the storm, which caused significant damage and disruption near Florida airports.

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The arrivals and departures board lists numerous flight cancellations at Tampa International Airport ahead of the airport's scheduled closure ahead of Hurricane Ian on September 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

The arrivals and departures board lists numerous flight cancellations at Tampa International Airport ahead of the airport’s scheduled closure ahead of Hurricane Ian on September 27, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

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Though its strength has been downgraded to a tropical storm since arriving on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, Ian continues to wreak havoc on regional voyages across the southeastern United States.

The system is currently making its way through central Florida and is expected to enter the Atlantic Ocean this week before making another landing near South Carolina. The system has caused significant power outages across Florida, prompting airports in the area to suspend operations when the storm passes. According to flight-tracking site FlightAware, US airlines canceled 1,935 flights on Thursday as airlines move to reschedule connections and departures in affected regions.

Florida airports currently closed in response to Tropical Storm Ian are:

  • Daytona Beach International (expected to reopen on October 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET)
  • Orlando International (expected to reopen Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET)
  • Sarasota Bradenton International (expected to reopen Thursday at 7:59 p.m. ET)
  • Southwest Florida International (expected to reopen Friday 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • St. Pete-Clearwater International (expected to reopen Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET)
  • Tampa International (expected to reopen Friday at 12:00 p.m. ET)

Miami International and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airports remain open but have had a number of flights delayed and canceled. As of Thursday morning, Miami International has been ranked #5 in the US on FlightAware’s misery map for delayed and canceled flights. The airport is currently registering 27 delayed flights as of 10 a.m. CT Thursday morning.

Reuters’ David Shepardson reports that 5,000 flights have been canceled by US airlines since Tuesday. As of this writing, more than 900 domestic flights scheduled for Friday have been cancelled. Florida is a major domestic hub for a number of U.S. airlines, including JetBlue and Southwest Airlines, which Shepardson said typically 40 percent of their daily flights touch at least one airport in the state.



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