Update: Travel Waivers From Airlines Due to Hurricane Irma

After landfall of Hurricane Irma occurred earlier today at 9:10 in the morning as a Category 4 hurricane at Cudjoe Key, another landfall occurred at 3:35 in the afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane at Marco Island — and the storm has since been downgraded to a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 miles per hour as it treks north at 14 miles per hour 40 miles east northeast of Sarasota.

Update: Travel Waivers From Airlines Due to Hurricane Irma

If you are traveling to anywhere in the southeastern United States over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of literally thousands of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. Closures of many airports have occurred until further notice. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and significant traffic problems.

The links provided in the list below should remain relevant — even if the specific information has changed, which has been constantly happening.

Here are 38 airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 41 airports in total:
    • San Juan, Havana, Nassau, Punta Cana, Santiago, Saint Croix, Georgetown, Marsh Harbour, and 30 airports in four states for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Saint Maarten, Turks and Caicos and Saint Thomas for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017; and Wednesday, October 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Additionally, temporary waivers of fees for baggage and pets have been applied to 32 airports in the Turks and Caicos islands; the Dominican Republic; the Virgin Islands; Cuba; the Bahamas and the United States.
  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for 54 airports in total:
    • Asheville, Atlanta, Augusta, Birmingham, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntsville and Montgomery for Sunday, September 10, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Anguilla, Antigua, Saint Kitts, Providenciales, San Juan, three airports in both sets of the Virgin Islands, two airports in Haiti, four airports in the Dominican Republic, six airports in the Bahamas, six airports in Cuba, and 15 airports in Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Providenciales and Saint Thomas Island for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, October 31, 2017; and Monday, December 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Saint Maarten for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, December 31, 2017; and Monday, December 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach and Savannah for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 30 airports in total:
    • Antigua, Nassau, Providenciales, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten, and ten airports in the state of Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Saturday, September 30, 2017; and Wednesday, November 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Havana and four airports in the Dominican Republic for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Friday, September 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Asheville, Atlanta, Charleston, Birmingham, Chattanooga, Columbia, Greenville/Spartanburg, Huntsville, Knoxville and Savannah for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for 28 airports in total:
    • Saint Maarten and Saint Thomas for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Saturday, September 30, 2017; and Wednesday, November 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Antigua, Providenciales, Port-au-Prince, Nassau, three airports in Puerto Rico, four airports in Cuba, and four airports in the Dominican Republic for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Wednesday, September 27, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, and eight airports in Florida for Wednesday, September 6 through Sunday, September 11, 2017; and Tuesday, September 19, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Alaska Airlines has issued travel alerts for Havana and three airports in Florida for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Saturday, September 16, 2017; and Saturday, September 23, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Additionally, all Alaska Airlines and Virgin America operated flights into and out of Fort Lauderdale, Havana, Tampa and Orlando are canceled through Monday, September 11, 2017.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for 15 airports for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Sunday, October 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in total:
    • Two airports in Puerto Rico and Saint Thomas for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Thursday, September 7, 2017; and Monday, September 11, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Two airports in the Dominican Republic and Port-au-Prince for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Friday, September 8, 2017; and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Orlando and Tampa for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Wednesday, September 13, 2017; and Wednesday, September 27, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Myrtle Beach for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Tuesday, September 19, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Atlanta for Saturday, September 9, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12; and Tuesday, September 19, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued travel alerts for San Juan, Punta Cana, and five airports in Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Sunday, October 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Silver Airways has issued travel alerts for nine airports in Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017; and Friday, October 20, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Allegiant Air has issued travel alerts for Puerto Rico and five airports in Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Tuesday, September 26, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. In addition, all flights included on this list have already been canceled without reschedule.
  • Sun Country Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fort Myers, Orlando and Savannah for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Thursday, September 14, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for 14 airports and all airports served in Florida:
    • Antigua, Port au Prince, Santa Clara, Fort-de-France, and three airports in the Dominican Republic for Monday, September 4, 2017 through Friday, September 8, 2017; and Sunday, October 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Providenciales, Nassau, Exuma, and four airports in Cuba for Monday, September 4, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Sunday, October 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Atlanta, Savannah, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham, and all airports served by Air Canada in Florida for Monday, September 4, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Sunday, October 1, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for the Antigua, Barbuda, St. Maarten, Turks and Caicos, Providenciales, Nassau, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017.
  • Air Transat has issued travel alerts for Port au Prince, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, four airports in Cuba, and four airports in the Dominican Republic through Monday, September 11, 2017. Additionally, numerous flights have either been rescheduled or canceled.
  • Aeromexico has issued travel alerts for four airports in total:
    • Havana and Santo Domingo for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Miami and Orlando for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Thursday, September 14, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Volaris has issued a travel alert of flight cancellations for Miami and Orlando for Saturday, September 9, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  • Copa Airlines has issued travel alerts for Saint Martin, Port au Prince, Nassau, San Juan, three airports in Cuba, three airports in the Dominican Republic, and four airports in Florida for Monday, September 4, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aerolineas Argentinas has issued a travel alert of flight cancellations for Miami for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Friday, November 10, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Avianca has issued travel alerts for Dominican Republic, Punta Cana, San Juan, Havana, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin — with the exceptions of Sunday, October 1, 2017 through Tuesday, October 17, 2017.
  • Sunwing has issued travel alerts for Puerto Plata, Cuba, the Bahamas, and Saint Martin or St Maarten, as one flight to Toronto and another flight to Montréal which were originally scheduled to depart Tuesday, September 5, 2017 have been rescheduled to Thursday, September 7, 2017 due to the closure of the airport. Other flights have either been canceled or changed through Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  • Aruba Airlines has issued a travel alert for Miami for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Tuesday, October 10, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin
  • Caribbean Airlines has issued travel alerts for Fort Lauderdale, Sint Maarten, Nassau and Port of Spain for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Sunday, September 17, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Additionally, numerous flights have either been rescheduled or canceled.
  • Cayman Airways has issued travel alerts for Miami, Tampa, and Havana for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and travel for changed flight segments may be rebooked for a date up to six months from the original travel dates, or within 12 months of the original purchase date, whichever is sooner. Additionally, numerous flights have either been rescheduled or canceled.
  • InselAir has issued a travel alert for Saint Martin or St Maarten for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Wednesday, September 6, 2017, as all flights to and from this airport have been canceled. The airline requests that you check here for the latest updates at its official Internet web sites on Facebook and Twitter.
  • LATAM Airlines has issued travel alerts for Punta Cana, Havana, Miami and Orlando for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Tuesday, September 11, 2017; and Friday, October 6, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Qatar Airways has issued a travel alert for Miami for Saturday, September 9, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017, as flights scheduled on those days have been canceled.
  • Virgin Atlantic Airlines has issued travel alerts for Antigua, Havana, Georgetown, Freeport, Nassau, and 16 airports in Florida for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, October 14, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • British Airways has issued travel alerts for Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, and Orlando for Thursday, September 7, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, October 14, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Information pertaining to flights to and from Antigua, Grand Cayman, Nassau, St Kitts, Punta Cana, Tobago or Providenciales prior to Sunday, September 10, 2017 is also provided here.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued travel alerts for Saint Martin or St Maarten, Havana, Charleston, Brunswick, Savannah, three airports in the Bahamas, and 16 airports in Florida for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Lufthansa has issued travel alerts for Miami, Tampa, Orlando, Havana, Varadero, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Thursday, October 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. These travel alerts also include flights operated by SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Edelweiss Air and Brussels Airlines.
  • Alitalia has issued travel alerts for Miami and Havana for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Friday, September 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Europa has issued travel alerts for Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, San Juan, Miami and Havana for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Tuesday, September 12, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air France has issued travel alerts for 25 airports in total:
    • Saint Marteen, Pointe à Pitre, Fort de France, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Saturday, September 9, 2017; and Friday, September 15, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Havana, three airports in Nassau, and 15 airports in Florida for Wednesday, September 6, 2017 through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and Thursday, September 14, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • TAP Portugal has issued a travel alert for Miami for Saturday, September 9, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017. The airline requests that you call 1-800-221-7370 in the United States or 707 205 700 in Portugal; or check for the latest updates at its official Internet web sites on Facebook.
  • Aer Lingus has issued travel alerts for Miami or Orlando for Friday, September 8, 2017 through Monday, September 11, 2017; and Monday, September 25, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Norwegian Air Shuttle may issue travel alerts for Florida for flights operating on Monday, September 11, 2017; and Wednesday, September 27, 2017 would be the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WOW Air has issued travel alerts for four flights between Miami and Keflavík International Airport — two of those flights have already been canceled.
  • Thomas Cook has issued travel alerts for the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Miami and Orlando through Sunday, September 10, 2017; and other information is listed as well. As Condor is part of the Thomas Cook group, information pertaining to this airline with regard to Hurricane Irma is found here.

Latest Update on Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma heads north through Florida, which is outlined with purple lines. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

In addition to the information at the beginning of this article, cities which are expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma are Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Columbus, Valdosta and Huntsville — and cities which are west of the projected track of the storm are expected to experience significantly deteriorating conditions which are expected to be prolonged for hours. That could likely mean flooding from up to eight inches of rain, gusty winds, fallen trees, power outages and impassable roads.

With the exception of a few counties in the western portion of its panhandle, the entire state of Florida is under a hurricane warning, with some western counties under a tropical storm warning. Portions of southern Georgia are also under a hurricane warning, with most other parts of Georgia, southern South Carolina, and extreme southeastern Alabama under a tropical storm warning.

Northern Georgia, northeastern Alabama, and a couple of counties in southern Tennessee are currently under a tropical storm watch.

Summary

If you are located in the southeastern United States, keep yourself updated with the latest information.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the people who have been affected — and will be affected — by Hurricane Irma…

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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