Clearwater & Pinellas County Evacuation & Shelters for Hurricane Irma

Faith Castro
September 12, 2017

On Friday, several of Florida's busiest airports announced they were suspending flights as Hurricane Irma threatens to make landfall in Florida this weekend. He said it took him three flights and 36 sleepless hours to get out of harm's way.

Almost 7,000 flights to or from Florida have now been canceled because of Irma, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware.

Airlines expanded their change-fee waivers to include airports as far north as the Carolinas. In the wake of an incident in which a man was dragged from a United flight as it sat on the tarmac at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, they pushed a bill to expand traveler protections and require a study of airline overbooking polices.

Already, 140 flights in Atlanta had been canceled on Saturday and another 188 for Sunday - though many of those cancellations were on flights to or from Florida.

"The bigger concern for any of the leisure divisions of these carriers - Transat, Air Canada Vacations, WestJet Vacations, Sunwing - is: What will the condition of the tourism infrastructure be after Irma goes", said airline industry consultant Robert Kokonis, president of AirTrav Inc.

American Airlines says they have capped their fares at $99 on direct, single leg flights from all cities affected under American Airlines' travel alert, which can be found here.

- Conflict with flight cancelations: Valentine said it's hard to determine which flights are truly canceled.

JetBlue Airways Corp., Delta Air Lines Inc. and United Continental Holdings Inc. also lowered prices on the few seats remaining on their flights out of the region.

Southwest Airlines flights to and from Charleston, S.C., as well as Greenville-Spartanburg, were canceled after 10 a.m.

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JetBlue:Storm-related cancellations start after the 8:30 p.m. Friday departure for Newark. Brad Stewart, chief executive of XOJet, which owns a fleet of 41 aircraft, said he was booking flights until noon Florida time and had the most demand out of the Palm Beach area.

Tallahassee Airport is closed to commercial flights until Monday night. Log on to for details going forward. This week, with Hurricane Irma on the horizon and scores of residents and tourists trying to flee, the price flights out of some Florida increased dramatically.

American Airlines canceled 2,545 flights Friday through September 11, but the carrier is making seven added flights to move people out of Miami Friday before closing operations there."This is a very substantial evacuation", said Vik Krishnan, a principal with consultant Oliver Wyman.

Key West International Airport closed Thursday, in preparation for the hurricane, and has not reopened.

"There is a huge infrastructure to the airport as you know".

For more information on the latest track of Irma and weather forecast, click below.

The storm also impacted games involving Florida teams outside the Top 25.

When counties mandate evacuations, they will do it by zones A through E. Hillsborough commissioners said they will decide Friday evening if residents in zones B and C will need to evacuate starting Saturday morning. By 2018, no major US-based scheduled passenger airline will operate the Boeing 747.

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