As Hurricane Irene lashes her way toward an East coast landfall prompting continual, emergency management updates, airline travelers need to be on high alert for airline flight advisories. Already, airline websites have up travel advisories to alert passengers about flight delays and cancellations. Travelers should check with individual airlines about particular flights and connections prior to heading to the airport.
Large number of states affected
With a hurricane hundreds of miles in diameter, multiple states and airports are affected. Flights into Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and New England states may be affected with numerous cancelations already made, snarling existent travel plans. As specific airlines make operational decisions, the number of flights affected will vary, so check before leaving for the airport.
Flight waivers and travel changes
For many airlines, no fee waivers and no fee itinerary changes on travel into, from, and through certain East Coast airports are in place. Travelers, especially those with weekend travel integrated into East coast airports, should check with their specific airlines on restrictions. Travelers should be aware disruptions likely will continue after the hurricane’s passage due to possible storm damage, flooding, and extensive power outages.
Subject to certain restrictions, Delta is allowing delays in travel for weekend flights scheduled to, from or through Wilmington, North Carolina and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina JetBlue is allowing travel changes on Florida flights affecting Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, and West Palm Beach. American Airlines’ current list for travel changes includes both New York’s Kennedy and La Guardia airports, both Washington DC’s Dulles and Reagon airports, both Virginia’s Norfolk and Richmond airports, both North Carolina’s Raleigh/Durham and Wilmington airports, Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Newark NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Hartford CT, and White Plains NY.
Save time! Airlines provide direct links to Hurricane Irene travel impact information
Is your flight canceled or delayed? Some airlines have up specific Hurricane Irene travel impact sites. Airlines with timesaving, direct links into Hurricane Irene rescheduling include Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, American Airlines, Continental, United, US Airways, and Virgin America.
With six states declaring states of emergency and emergency evacuation underway in certain areas, it’s important for both convenience and safety that airline travelers exercise caution with travel in the air and on local roadways. For airline travel, a check should be made with on the operational decisions made by each, individual airline.