Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines said it halted operations at Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers airports on Tuesday evening as it moved aircraft and crew out of Hurricane Ian’s path. Delta also suspended flights in Orlando on Wednesday and in Key West. It said it would resume flights at the Florida airports when conditions allow.
Hartsfield-Jackson had four planes parked on one of its taxiways as of Thursday morning, and said it had room for more if needed.
For Atlanta, looking toward the end of the week with the storm jogging to the east, Gobeil said it is expected to bring some rain and wind at Hartsfield-Jackson, “but nothing more than a typical summer storm.”
Delta and other carriers are allowing more flexibility to change travel plans for travelers with flights booked to and from a number of airports in Georgia and Florida, warning their flights could also be disrupted by wind and other conditions due to Hurricane Ian.
Delta is allowing customers who have flights booked to, from or through Brunswick, Columbus, Valdosta and Savannah, Georgia; Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; Daytona Beach, Panama City, Key West, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami, Melbourne, West Palm Beach, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Fort Walton Beach, Florida Sept. 27-30 to rebook those flights by Oct. 3 without paying a difference in fare.
Delta also said it is contributing $250,000 to the Red Cross for Hurricane Ian relief.
Dallas-based Southwest, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, is allowing customers scheduled to travel to, from or through Destin, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Havana, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Panama City, Sarasota, Tampa and West Palm Beach Sept. 25-Oct. 2 to change their flights without paying an additional charge. Southwest is also offering rebooking flexibility for passengers scheduled to travel to, from or through Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina.