US Airlines Warn Hurricane Michael May Disrupt Flights

Last updated: 11:40AM UTC.

Southern areas of the United States are on Hurrican Watch, which brings evacuations, shelter preparation, and cancellation flights.

Several US airlines have declared that they will not be servicing regional areas until after the Hurrican has passed.

Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Micael has been called a monster category 4 storm (Over 200 KPH winds), that will be expected to take out infrastructure and pour down on the states of Georgia and Florida. It will also move up in-land affecting South Carolina, and North Carolina.

hurricane michael path
The predicted path of the hurricane

This hurricane is hitting pretty late in the season, already sweeping up through Cuba as a tropical storm and now building power in the Caribbean sea.

Its expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon / evening.

What flights are disrupted?

Both Delta and Southwest have currently issued statements regarding Hurricane Michael.

Delta is preparing for the hurricane by moving many of its jets out of the region and towards its hub in Atlanta (Hartsfield-Jackson International). It says that whilst they expect a lot of rain and wind, the airport will remain in operational limits.

The airline also plans to move planes from airports in Tallahassee, Pensacola, Panama City, and Destin – Fort Walton Beach on Tuesday night before Hurricane Michael makes landfall, instead of leaving the planes at those Florida airports overnight.

Delta has also waived baggage fees and capped their fares.

As for their terminals and remaining aircraft on the ground, they have moved in supplies to help restart operations as soon as possible. This includes generators, handheld check-in devices, and batteries (Just in case the main power of the terminal is offline).

Southwest has announced some flight disruptions:

Flights could also be disrupted through Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico and Havana, Cuba; and from Tuesday through Thursday in New Orleans, La. and Panama City and Pensacola, Fla., according to Southwest.

They have also said that they will waive any fees for pets to travel (Household cats and dogs) as well as the normal rebooking fees.

You can read their policy here.

What about other Airlines?

UPDATE: As the Hurricane comes closer, other airlines have started to announce their various policies.

United have put out a waiver in place, that can be read here.

United airlines at SFO
United aircraft at SFO

American has also put out a waiver for the hurricane:

American Airlines is closely monitoring Hurricane Michael, which is forecast to impact a few communities we serve along the Gulf Coast and certain coastal locations on the East Coast. Our thoughts are with those who are in the path of this potentially damaging hurricane.

Frontier has also issued a statement. This affects the airports in the cities of Atlanta, Pensacola, Birmingham, and Tampa.

Frontier Airlines
Frontier has announced some additional cancellations.

Simple Flying would like to advise all readers in these areas to follow the advice of emergency services and if necessary proceed to the nearest shelter. It is believed that the time to evacuate (especially by air) has passed.

We will update this article with any new information as it comes in.

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