Airlines had canceled more than 1,700 flights within, into
or out of the U.S. by midday Tuesday, according to the website FlightAware, as
Hurricane Dorian caused major disruptions in the Southeast.
Orlando International Airport, which ceased operations
overnight, remained closed until further notice. The terminal at nearby
Melbourne Airport was also closed, though the airfield remained open. Palm
Beach Airport, closed since Monday, reversed an earlier decision to reopen at 3
p.m. local time. Airports in Daytona Beach and St. Augustine also remained
closed, though the Jacksonville airport was operating.
Further south, Fort Lauderdale's airport reopened at noon,
though the airport advised flyers to check with airlines about the status of
Airlines continue to offer waivers on flights at airports
along the coast from North Carolina down to Florida. Airline websites have more
American Airlines said Monday that it expects disruptions to
its network throughout the week due to Dorian.
JetBlue and Spirit, both of which have bases in Fort
Lauderdale, had the highest cancellation rate among mainline U.S. airlines
Tuesday morning at 24%, according to FlightAware.