More Travel Waivers For Hurricane Maria From More Airlines

If the eastern and northern islands of the Caribbean Sea are in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to the effects from Hurricane Maria, which has developed a defined eye and became more symmetrical as indications of its rapid strengthening.

More Travel Waivers For Hurricane Maria From More Airlines

Hurricane Maria

Watch how a distinct eye develops within Hurricane Maria — indicating its rapid intensification in strength — as it heads west northwest towards the eastern and northern islands of the Caribbean Sea, which are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Maria — which is currently 45 east northeast of Martinique and moving west northwest at a speed of 10 miles per hour — are at 125 miles per hour, which means that it is currently classified as a strong Category 3 hurricane.

A hurricane warning is now in effect for the British Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Montserrat, Martinique and Saint Lucia; while Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Saint Martin, Saint Barthelemy and Anguilla are under hurricane watches.

A tropical storm warning has been issued for Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Sint Maarten, Saba and Saint Eustatius; while Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are under tropical storm watches.

Unfortunately, many of these areas were significantly impacted by Hurricane Irma — and the last thing they need is another hurricane heading their way. Even tropical storm force winds can be dangerous to Barbuda, which already suffered catastrophic damage.

Hurricane Maria is expected to strengthen to a strong Category 4 hurricane as soon as later tonight, as it is expected to cause beach erosion, rough surf, coastal flooding, strong rip currents, windy conditions and significant rainfall of up to 24 inches in some areas. Power outages, mudslides, road closures and localized flooding are likely.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the islands of the eastern and northern Caribbean Sea over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations 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. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are 13 airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Antigua, Bridgetown, San Juan, Saint Croix Island, Saint Kitts, Saint Lucia, and Saint Thomas Island for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for seven airports in total:
    • San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, and Punta Cana for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Tuesday, September 26, 2017; and Monday, October 2, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Saint Thomas and Providenciales 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.
    • Sint Maarten for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 through Sunday, December 31, 2017; and Wednesday, October 31, 2018 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and San Juan in Puerto Rico for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Saturday, September 23, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for San Juan and Punta Cana for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Friday, September 22, 2017; and Friday, October 6, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla, Antigua, Barbados, Ponce, Punta Cana, San Juan, Saint Croix, Saint Lucia, Sint Maarten, and Saint Thomas for Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through Thursday, September 21, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued travel alerts for Aguadilla and San Juan in Puerto Rico for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 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 and Punta Cana for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Friday, September 22, 2017; and Sunday, October 29, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for nine airports in total:
    • Antigua, Bridgetown, Fort-de-France, Pointe-à-Pitre, Saint Lucia and Port-au-Prince  for Sunday, September 17, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Thursday, October 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Samana, Puerto Plata, and Punta Cana for Sunday, September 17, 2017 through Sunday, September 24, 2017; and Thursday, October 12, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued travel alerts for Bridgetown, Sint Maarten, Saint Lucia, Port of Spain, Punta Cana, and Puerto Plata for Saturday, September 16, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
  • Sunwing has issued travel alerts for Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, as all flights to and from these locations have been suspended through Friday, September 22, 2017.
  • Caribbean Airlines has issued travel alerts for Saint Lucia, Barbados and Antigua for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Wednesday, September 20, 2017; and Wednesday, September 27, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin. Additionally, at least five flights have been canceled.
  • InselAir has issued a travel alert for Saint Martin or Sint Maarten for Thursday, September 14, 2017 through Monday, September 18, 2017, as all flights to and from this airport have been canceled until further notice. The airline requests that you check here for the latest updates at its official Internet web sites on Facebook and Twitter.
  • British Airways has issued travel alerts for Saint Lucia, Antigua, Saint Kitts, Providenciales and Punta Cana for Monday, September 18, 2017 through Sunday, September 24, 2017; and Saturday, September 30, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts from additional airlines over the next several days; and I will do my best to inform you if your travel plans are indeed affected.

Keep yourself updated with the latest information so that you are able to evacuate as early as possible if the weather forecast becomes bleak and threatening.

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.

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

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