Florida flights out of Albany canceled through Wednesday

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Florida flights out of Albany canceled through Wednesday

American Airlines says they have capped their fares at $99 on direct, single leg flights from all cities affected under American Airlines' travel alert, which can be found here. "We'll re-open as soon as possible", tweeted the airport.

Orlando International Airport (MCO) - All operations will cease at 5 pm Saturday (or when the last flight scheduled to depart by 5 pm has taken off).

Big airports in Florida remained closed Monday, and flight cancellations were spreading north along the track of Tropical Storm Irma. In Central Florida, no passenger flights were planned at Orlando International, with more than 300 flights canceled.

By noon on Thursday, Miami International had canceled 120 flights and Fort Lauderdale International had canceled 48 according to Flightaware.com.

As residents sought to secure last-minute flights out of the unsafe Category 5 storm's path, airlines faced accusations of trying to capitalise on the panic and chaos by price gouging. The airlines with the most flights canceled are Allegiant Travel Co.

Further north, at Tampa International officials said early inspections showed minimal damage after the airport sustained winds of up to 52 miles per hour and gusts of 66 miles per hour.

American Airlines, the largest US carrier by passenger traffic, on Wednesday said it would begin winding down operations in south Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, on Friday.

Airlines are scrambling to get out of the way of one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded as the storm threatens to make landfall in the continental USA this weekend.

One of the major receiving points for southern Florida, Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, is already closed. FLL is closing the airport Saturday and Sunday.

Early morning flights on American Airlines were listed at $350 for a flight from Tampa to Phoenix on Thursday, while flights later in the day averaged around $800 as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Independent understands that the crew of the outbound flights which are operating will travel back on the inbound sector as passengers, rather than being stranded in Florida. American says it will continue to evaluate operations at other Florida airports, and will make adjustments as necessary.

However, they were all told to evacuate immediately so airports were extremely packed Friday as Floridians jumped on last minute flights to escape. Airlines cancelled dozens of flights and there was a mad scramble inside the terminal to book a ticket anywhere but here.

Though they concede that fares may be higher than expected, airlines said they have not artificially inflated prices because of the storm.

Air Canada: Saturday's flight is cancelled.

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