Spirit Airlines is facing the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma in Florida by making sure its staff and their families are safe - and that the airline can operate as the storm reaches the U.S. American Airlines, which has a hub in Miami, had previously announced it would end operations Friday evening. St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport closed Friday. The cancellations will extend through at least Sunday. It also said it was capping pre-tax airfare at $99 for flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday September 10 for travel until September 13.
Southwest Airlines and others had already canceled some weekend flights, too. All outbound flights canceled had destinations of either Miami or Fort Lauderdale.
JetBlue provides flights out of Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale.
The airlines involved in cancellations at JAX are Allegiant, Envoy Air, Republic and Jet Blue. The last flight coming in from Ft. The company put the total at 6,896 as of 6 p.m. ET.
"There are little to no tickets left to purchase out of MIA or [Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport]", said Alexis Coello, in an email encouraging travelers to seek other alternatives. For a complete list, go to Walmart's Hurricane Irma Facility Status Information page.More news: Rafael Nadal advances to US Open semi-finals
Officials initially moved the start time from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to noon in hopes of getting people back home safely, but Stricklin said it became clear that getting to and from the game would create more problems for a state preparing for a Category 5 hurricane.
Accusations of unfair pricing techniques have been investigated in the past, including after a deadly Amtrak derailment in 2015, but US officials said a year ago they found no evidence of wrongdoing in that instance. A turn toward the northwest is expected by late Saturday.
People seemed to heed that advice as operations at the airport appeared to be running calmly on Friday. And in order to get people out on time there are 16,000 employees at airport, meaning that it's working at full capacity.
Considering the deadly nature of Irma, Delta said they would not charge an additional fee for anyone who wanted to make changes to their travel plans.
The flight had some passengers on board escaping Florida.