Travel Alert October 2020: More Airlines Issue Waivers For Hurricane Delta For Cancún, Cozumel, and Merida

Additional airlines have issued travel waivers for Cancún, Cozumel, Merida, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico; so if those areas are in your travel plans over the next couple of 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 Hurricane Delta, whose first landfall is expected to occur somewhere on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula as soon as tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 7, 2020 before moving northward to the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Travel Alert October 2020: More Airlines Issue Waivers For Hurricane Delta For Cancún, Cozumel, and Merida

Hurricane Delta

Source: National Hurricane Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of Hurricane Delta — which is currently centered approximately 135 miles east southeast of Cozumel in Mexico and is moving west northwest at 16 miles per hour — are 130 miles per hour, which means that this storm is classified as a minimal but still dangerous Category 4 hurricane even though it strengthened to 145 miles per hour earlier today. It is not expected to further strengthen prior to landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, which is forecast to occur early tomorrow morning. The eye of this hurricane is even more well defined when viewing satellite images of it than it was earlier today, which is a sign of a powerful yet organized tropical system.

A hurricane warning is currently in effect in Mexico from Tulum to Dzilam — as well as Cozumel.

A tropical storm warning is currently in effect for the province of Pinar del Rio and the Isle of Youth in Cuba; and from Punta Herrero to Tulum and from Dzilam to Progreso in Mexico.

Many airlines have already canceled flights; and tourists have already been evacuated to shelters, according to the official Twitter account of Cancún International Airport:

The Yucatan Peninsula will be inundated with winds of hurricane force, a dangerous storm surge of up to 13 feet, rough surf, and up to ten inches of rain over the next 36 hours, which may result in significant flash flooding and mudslides. Portions of western Cuba could experience as much as four inches of rainfall, as well as gusty winds of tropical storm force.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to or from Cancun , Cozumel, Merida, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over the next couple of 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.

Here are ten airlines which have issued travel alerts — or are at least monitoring the storm — as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Cancún and Cozumel for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Monday, October 12, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Monday, October 12, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Sunday, October 11, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Wednesday, October 24, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Saturday, October 10, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Frontier Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Wednesday, October 7, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Thursday, October 22, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Spirit Airlines has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and Wednesday, October 14, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • WestJet Airways has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Sunday, October 11, 2020.
  • Aeromexico has issued travel alerts for Cancún and Merida for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Thursday, October 8, 2020; and Monday, October 12, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Volaris has issued a travel alert for Cancún for Tuesday, October 6, 2020 through Wednesday, October 7, 2020; and the airline will send an e-mail message to you if your flight was affected and change the date at no cost.

Summary

The year 2005 was the most active year in recorded history in terms of 27 total named tropical systems, with Tropical Storm Zeta as the last storm of that season. Only three more named storms are needed for the year 2020 to break that record.

I personally believe that the National Weather Service of the United States and other official weather authorities should consider using the letters Q, U, X, Y, and Z to name tropical systems — especially with the inclusion of names which are not common in the United States. Quincy, Ursula, Xavier, Yvonne, and Zachary all come immediately to my mind to name storms which usually do not require those letters during a typical season. Only once the entire alphabet has been exhausted should the characters of the Greek alphabet be used…

…but at least Delta Air Lines gets some indirect free publicity out of this hurricane. How often do you see Delta Air Lines issue a travel alert for Hurricane Delta?

As far as I know, the name of a tropical system after a character of the Greek alphabet has never been retired. What happens if a storm is strong enough to warrant the name being retired and it is named after a character of the Greek alphabet?

Anyway, expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as Hurricane Delta progress over the coming days — especially for the Gulf Coast of the United States, which is expected to occur sometime this coming weekend.

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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