Airlines Cancel Over 2,500 Flights Ahead of Hurricane Matthew, MIA to Close at Noon
As Hurricane Matthew bears down on the southeastern portion of the country, residents of coastal communities in the south are not the only ones preparing their next move.
Airlines and airports are working around the clock to weather the storm and ensure a quick restoration of their schedules.
More than 2,500 flights have been cancelled from Wednesday through Friday so far, according to FlightAware.com as of Thursday morning.
There have been more than 1,400 cancellations today alone and over 1,100 and counting for tomorrow.
The most impacted airports were Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, both of which plan to shut down today. Fort Lauderdale will halt operations at 10:30 a.m. with Miami to follow at noon.
Airports typically shut down their runways when cross winds reach much higher than 30 mph. Current projections from ABC News’ meteorologists indicate gusts are expected to be more than triple that during the worst moments of the storm.
Airlines are already cancelling flights at major airports in the path of the storm. Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando, all significant air travel hubs, will likely halt operations for hours during the storm.
In an effort to make sure planes will be in the right place after the storm ends, some airlines have cancelled Wednesday afternoon flights.
With large operations in Miami and Charlotte, American Airlines will see the most cancellations. The country’s largest airline has cancelled over thousand flights so far, with reduced operations stretching all the way to Saturday. More: