Flights back on schedule in S. Florida

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MIAMI -- Flight operations returned to normal schedules at Miami Airport today, airport officials said, following a series of cancellations and re-routings stemming from severe rainstorms that struck South Florida on Tuesday.

American Airlines, the largest carrier operating at Miami Airport, cancelled 22 outbound flights early Wednesday, but it expected to have restored all of its service by late evening.

Elsewhere, many employees could not get to work because of flooded roads or the need to care for children who could not attend schools, which were shut.

Carnival Cruise Line in Miami housed some employees overnight at a nearby motel and overcame the absence of 50% of its 320 Miami reservationists by arranging for its Colorado reservations center employees to report to work early, thus diverting many calls there.

Coastal hotels were operating as usual. In fact, Marriott held grand opening ceremonies today for its downtown J.W. Marriott and Miami Beach Marriott at South Beach.

The worst flooding occurred in west Miami residential areas near the Everglades, where drainage is poor, according to David Whitaker, senior vice president of marketing for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.

A Monroe County Tourist Development Council spokesman said that the storm had no lasting effect on the Keys.

Some American Eagle flights among others were cancelled or postponed, but the Overseas Highway remained open.

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