More than 1,000 flights have been canceled and nearly a dozen airports shut down as the East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence

  • Hurricane Florence has triggered more than 1,000 flight cancellations and the closing of roughly a dozen airports in the Carolinas and Virginia.
  • Delta and JetBlue have capped prices for flights in the affected areas, while American and United have opened reduced-price flights for evacuees.
  • American, Delta, United, and Southwest have also waived their in-cabin pet fees.
  • Nearly all major US carriers operating to areas affected by the storm have offered fee waivers for passengers.

Hurricane Florence has triggered more than 1,000 flight cancellations and the closing of nearly a dozen airports in North Carolina and South Carolina.

American Airlines, the carrier with the largest operation in the Carolinas, has announced the cancellation of more than 800 flights through Sunday.

The Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it had canceled 150 flights ahead of the storm.

Southwest announced that it had canceled all flights into and out of Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina as well as Richmond and Norfolk in Virginia from Thursday until Saturday morning.

Airports along the eastern seaboard are also expected to shut down ahead of the storm. According to American, airports in the North Carolina cities of Greenville, Jacksonville, New Bern, and Wilmington will be closed until Saturday. Raleigh-Durham is expected to experience “scattered cancellations” through Friday, while operations at Charlotte Douglas International were not affected as of Wednesday evening.

In South Carolina, airports in Myrtle Beach, Columbia, and Florence are closed through Saturday. Charleston’s airport is expected to be closed through Friday.

In Virginia, the airport serving Hampton and Newport News is expected to be closed through Friday.

Delta announced on Monday that it was preemptively capping prices for some coastal and inland airports from Savannah, Georgia, north to Richmond, Virginia.

On Tuesday, JetBlue announced that it too would cap fares on seats to and from select areas affected by the hurricane.

“To assist the affected communities, JetBlue has capped fares on new bookings at $US149 for remaining seats to/from Savannah, Charleston, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and Richmond through Sunday, September 16,” a representative for the New York-based carrier told Business Insider in an email.

American and United announced last-minute reduced-price fares for those needing to evacuate by air.

Delta has made available an additional 1,200 seats on routes operating in the path of the hurricane via additional flights and the use of larger aircraft.

In addition, almost all major airlines operating in the region including American, Delta, United, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and Frontier have issued fee waivers for ticket holders who need to change their reservations.

American, Delta, and United have also waived baggage and pet-in-cabin fees for evacuees. Southwest also waived its pet fees for some airports in the region.

On Thursday, Hurricane Florence weakened slightly to a Category 2 hurricane, but it still boasts sustained winds of 105 mph with gusts reaching even higher speeds. In addition, the storm is expected to cause a storm surge of 9 to 13 feet along North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

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