Gas shortage grows worse as Florida preps for Irma

Posted September 11, 2017

The flight grounding in Florida comes just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, shutting down operations in Houston's busiest airports. "Just because when a flight is canceled down there, planes get sometimes stuck or relocated". Combined with cancellations in the Caribbean, almost 6,000 flights have been axed since Irma began affecting flights. Facing backlash, some airlines have capped prices on any remaining direct flights out of Florida.

Three more college football games involving FBS teams from the state of Florida were canceled on Thursday, one day after Miami University announced it would not make its scheduled trip to Jonesboro to play Arkansas State.

Daytona Beach International Airport will close at 6 p.m. Saturday. She was supposed to fly back to Chicago with her daughter Saturday, but the flight was canceled.

According to FlightAware, airlines have already cancelled 1,200 flights on Monday.

Southwest is the latest airline to give downbeat outlooks for unit revenue, citing not only the estimated effects of hurricanes, but also increasing pricing competition and higher fuel prices. All the remaining flights are canceled through Sunday.

On any given flight, airlines sell batches of tickets with different restrictions and prices.

Miami announced Friday night via Twitter that the last scheduled flight had left its airport. - an Air Europa flight to Madrid.

JetBlue Airways have also run out of seats for flights out of the state through next Wednesday, according to a spokesman. Delta said Sunday it was tentatively restarting Florida service Monday, pending an assessment of infrastructure damage. Log on to https://www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts for details going forward.

American Airlines, for example, told BuzzFeed that the airline company is trying to add more flights to its schedule to accommodate those who are trapped.

The passengers that arrived at Bradley International Airport were from CT but many of them were from different parts of Florida like Miami or Ft. JetBlue Airways and American Airlines have been capping economy one-way flights out of the state at $99, ahead of the mass of flight cancellations expected this weekend.

At the time this article was written, it was unknown if Irma would make landfall in Florida.

Major carriers had already stopped flying out of other parts of Florida in preparation for Irma, which is bringing winds of 120 miles per hour. Travel site Kayak said earlier this week that its analysis showed prices for last-minute departures from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando rose more than 25 percent from last week, when they were in the mid $300s.