Hurricane Michael: Florida flights preemptively canceled

Gov. Rick Scott warned of a 'monstrous storm' along Florida's coast and asked residents to heed evacuation orders for Hurricane Michael, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. (Oct. 8)
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Airlines have begun canceling flights in the Florida Panhandle ahead of Hurricane Michael so passengers and crew members aren’t stranded.

The hardest hit airport so far: Northwest Florida Beaches Airport in Panama City, Florida, where 17 flights to and from the airport have been canceled for Tuesday and another 14 on  Wednesday, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The flights were on American, Southwest and United to cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Nashville and Houston.

The airport recommends travelers check flight status before heading to the airport.

‼️ Due to severe weather conditions from #HurricaneMichael, upcoming flight schedules at ECP will be impacted. Please check with your airline for any flight-related questions and before heading to the airport. ‼️✈️ pic.twitter.com/6meMUVx3QV

In Destin, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport said it will cease all operations beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. 

The Airport will CLOSE and cease all operations starting on Wednesday, October 10 at 12:01 a.m. due to the impacts of Hurricane Michael. The airport will remain closed until further updates are provided.

Please check DIRECTLY with your airline regarding all flight information. pic.twitter.com/qMJ7rVlqu5

Allegiant Air, which has been expanding in Destin, has canceled 10 flights to and from Destin on Wednesday, including flights from Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; Belleville, Illinois; Baltimore and Newark. The carrier also has canceled four flights on Thursday. 

Travelers whose flights are canceled have the option of a refund or rebooking when flights resume.

If your flight to or from the region hasn’t been canceled but you don’t want to mess with the weather, major airlines are allowing one-time fee-free travel changes for a limited period. The travel window and cities covered vary by airline.

 

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