JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Airports around the state have already started grounding and cancelling inbound flights ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is predicted to make landfall in South Florida early Sunday morning.
As of 5 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Irma is said to be less than 500 miles southeast of Miami, according to the National Weather Service public advisory.
Over 500 departures and arrivals at the Miami International Airport (MIA) have been canceled for Friday, according to FlightAware, with nearly 800 flights already canceled on Saturday and Sunday.
In preparation for rough weather this weekend, the airline Allegiant announced that all departures and arrivals at St. Petersburg (PIE), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Sanford (SFB) and Punta Gorda (PGD) have been canceled without rescheduling due to Hurricane Irma. The cancellations at the origins and destinations mentioned extend into the weekend.
Included on the list of cancellations ahead of Hurricane Irma are all flights scheduled for Jacksonville and Savannah, Ga. on Sunday, Sept. 10.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, there are 10 departing flights canceled at the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) through Sunday morning. All outbound flights canceled had destinations of either Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
Similarly, there are nine arriving flights from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale that have been canceled at JAX through Saturday.
The airlines involved in cancellations at JAX are Allegiant, Envoy Air, Republic and Jet Blue.
As #Irma approaches, contact your airline-not airport-for updates on flt status, cancellations & rebooking info.— JAXairport (@JAXairport) September 8, 2017
The Jacksonville International Airport tweeted out on Friday afternoon that Southwest Airlines had canceled all departures and arrivals to Jacksonville on Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11.
As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, 39 flights out of JAX had been canceled, according to FlightAware. Twenty-seven of those departures were scheduled for Sunday and included American Airlines, United and Southwest flights.
Arrivals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday saw similar cancellations at JAX. A total of 46 arriving flights have been canceled as of 2:30 p.m. Friday.
"The airport would only close after flight ops cease, or conditions are too harsh," JAX said in a tweet on Friday. "No official time has been published."
Southwest Airlines posted the following statement to its travel advisory page, regarding cancellations and rebooking ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Customers who are holding reservations for the effective dates and cities listed below and want to alter their travel plans may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.
Jacksonville International Airport announced on Twitter Friday evening that all departures and arrivals will cease at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The airport apologized on Twitter for the inconvenience and said they plan to reopen on Tuesday.
Air Canada announced on Friday that they had canceled all flights to and from Florida beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11. The airline posted the following statement on its website under Hurricane Irma:
"We are monitoring the situation closely as it evolves and are committed to working with airport authorities to resume operations and get our customers on their way as soon as it is possible to do so by adding capacity including operating extra flights and larger aircraft, once airports re-open and it is safe to do so."
A majority of airlines have decided to waive change fees associated with cancellations for Hurricane Irma.
Delta is offering refunds for unused portions of tickets if your flight has been canceled or there's been a departure delay of 90 minutes or more. The airline is also offering one-time changes to tickets without charge if you are traveling to, from or through one of the areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
One-way fares in all cabins have been capped at $399 for flights to and from southern Florida through Sept. 13.— Delta (@Delta) September 8, 2017
United Airlines will be waiving the fee for your first and second checked bag if you are traveling to or from any of the airports affected by the storm and listed on the website. If you have booked a flight between Sept. 5 and Sept. 30 and wish to reschedule, you can file a travel waiver with the company and the change fee and any difference in airfare will be waived between Sept. 5 and Nov. 15.
The last scheduled departure out of JAX is Southwest Airlines flight WN 2209 for Baltimore (BWI) at 6:45 p.m. American Airlines flight AA 4723 to Washington (DCA) scheduled for 6:20 p.m. and Delta Airlines flight DL 1964 to Atlanta at 6:40 p.m. have both been canceled.
Be sure to check with your specific airline for details regarding cancellations and rebooking.
First Coast News will update this story with all information regarding canceled flights at Jacksonville International Airport throughout Hurricane Irma.
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