Here’s When Florida Airports Are Reopening After Irma

Sep 11, 2017

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Hurricane Irma pounded Florida Sunday, causing over 3,000 flight cancellations and over 16 commercial airports in Florida to close for the storm. Many Florida airports stayed closed Monday as the storm continued to impact operations, resulting in over 4,300 flights cancelled. This are looking better Tuesday, with 11 Florida airports resuming operations. However, airlines aren’t resuming a full flight schedule immediately.

Let’s take an airport-by-airport look at current operations and expected reopen times:

Airports Reopened

Miami International Airport (MIA) – FLIGHTS RESUMED TUESDAY

  • Commercial air service resumed with American Airlines Flight 1070 arriving from Seattle at 7:06am.
  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Resuming operations and adding extra capacity, with widebody Boeing 767-400 aircraft bringing 262 additional seats each way
  • Limited concessions: Taco Bell (Terminal D), Dunkin Donuts (Terminals F-G) and Au Bon Pain (Terminal F) are reportedly the only open Tuesday morning.
  • Latest statement (9/11 7:15pm): “Passenger and cargo flights at MIA will resume on a limited basis Tuesday, September 12. Given that many airlines are not operating their full schedules, passengers should contact their airline directly to confirm flight status before coming to the airport.”

Tampa (TPA) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Commercial air service resumed with a flight from ATL-TPA landing Tuesday morning
  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday. Limited schedule Wednesday
  • Delta: Resuming operations and adding extra capacity
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 5:30 p.m. on 12SEP
  • Statement (9/11 2:20pm): “Flights will begin Tuesday with a gradual build-up to a full schedule in the following days.”
  • Statement (9/11 9:18am): “Early indications show minimal damage from Hurricane Irma at TPA. We saw sustained winds of 52 mph with a peak gust of 66 mph.”

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – REOPENED TUESDAY. LIMITED FLIGHTS.

  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Resuming operations and adding extra capacity
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 6:29 p.m. on 12SEP
  • Date/time reopened: Tuesday, September 12 at 4:00am
  • Latest statement (9/12 9:01am): “FLL opened for business at 4 AM. There are limited flight schedules. Please contact your airline regarding your flight status before coming to the airport.”

West Palm Beach (PBI) – REOPENED MONDAY. LIMITED AIRLINE SERVICE.

  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Flights restart Mon., 9/11
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 7:11 p.m. on 12SEP
  • Latest statement (9/12 9:34am): “At this time, there is limited airline service. Please contact your airline for flight availability. Thank you for your patience.”
  • Statement (9/11 11:03am): “The PBI Terminal will open at 12Noon Today, 9/11. At this time, Delta inbound flight expected today. PLEASE CONTACT YOUR AIRLINE.”

Jacksonville (JAX) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Operations were ready by 3am Tuesday.
  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 7:37 p.m. on 12SEP
  • Latest statement (9/11 6:14pm): “The airport will reopen tomorrow. Flight ops expected to gradually ramp up. Contact your airline for the most up-to-date flight info.”
  • Note: Airport received 86 mph winds during the storm

Orlando Sanford (SFB) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Latest statement (9/12 9:33am): “SFB Airport is open. No scheduled commercial pax flights operating today. Pax please do not come to the airport. Check airline for sched.”
  • Statement (9/11 5:31pm): “We will be open tomorrow morning at 6:30am. Our airfield will be ready to accept air service, but you should still check with your airline for updates on departures and arrivals.”

Tallahassee (TLH) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12
  • Latest statement (9/12 6:56am): “TLH is open and ready for business! As a reminder, please check your flight status with your airline before heading to the airport.”
  • Statement (9/11 4:14pm): “Flight update; Commercial flights at TLH will resume the morning of Tues 9/12. Terminal facility will open at normal time of 4am.”

St Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Reopening Tuesday morning… but no flights scheduled for Tuesday
  • Latest statement (9/11 1:36pm): “More great news!!! PIE will be open to the public Tues a.m. (no flights scheduled) with full slate of @Allegiant flights Wed. #PinellasIrma”

Orlando (MCO) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Airfield opened Tuesday morning, flights might still be limited
  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday. Limited schedule Wednesday
  • Delta: Resuming operations and adding extra capacity
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 6:47 p.m. on 12SEP
  • Latest statement (9/12 8:46am): “MCO ops resume this morning w/ a limited schedule based on airline & personnel availability. Check with your airline for flight updates.”
  • Statement (9/11 4:50pm): “After assessment, limited commercial service resuming on Tues., 9/12. Contact your airline on flight status.” Further information found here.

Sarasota–Bradenton (SRQ) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • Delta – Will return to normal schedule, except early morning departures
  • JetBlue – limited operations resume as of 12:13 p.m. on 13SEP
  • American Airlines – No flights.  AA will resume on Wednesday with FL# 5139 (arrives at 11:29am)

Melbourne (MLB) – REOPENED TUESDAY

  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday. Limited schedule Wednesday
  • Delta: Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12, morning
  • Latest statement: “Good news! MLB re-opens at 8am. Orlando Melbourne International Airport’s terminal, restaurants and rental car operations re-open at 8 a.m. [Tuesday] morning. Please call your airline for the most up-to-date flight information.”

Airfields Reopened, No Commercial Flights

Gainesville (GNV) – AIRFIELD OPENED, BUT NO COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS

  • Airfield reopened Monday night. Commercial flights have yet to resume
  • American Airlines: Limited schedule Tuesday
  • Delta: Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12
  • Latest statement (9/8 6:52pm): “GNV Airline Terminal will be closed Sunday and Monday. No rental car operations. Expect to reopen on Tuesday morning, Sept 12.”

Fort Myers (RSW) – CLOSED DUE TO POWER OUTAGE

  • Status: Airfield open, but commercial service still suspended
  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday. Limited schedule Wednesday
  • Delta: Restart Tues. Sept. 12 evening (pending infrastructure assessment)
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 11:32 a.m. on 13SEP
  • Latest statement (9/12 6:45am): “We are meeting with our airline partners today and should start to have better information on when some flights are going to begin operating. This is a dynamic situation with lots of moving parts but our number one goal is to get RSW up and running safely. Thank you for your patience and understanding!”
  • Statement (9/11 11:49am): “We have completed our safety inspections and there is no damage at Southwest Florida International Airport. For those of you who parked in the garage or long-term parking, everything is secure. The roadways in and out of RSW are accessible. Unfortunately, we cannot begin operations until commercial power is restored. We are working with our airlines and TSA to get staffing levels to where they need to be. RSW is doing everything we can to get air service back to Southwest Florida.”

Daytona Beach (DAB) – CLOSED FOR POWER OUTAGE

  • Status: Airfield open, but commercial service still suspended
  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday. Limited schedule Wednesday
  • Delta: Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12
  • JetBlue: limited operations resume as of 10:17 p.m. on 13SEP
  • Latest statement (9/11 2:29pm): “We do not anticipate operating any flights on Tuesday. The passenger terminal will remain closed until power is restored.”

Airports Closed

Key West (EYW) – CLOSED

  • Date/time closed: Saturday, September 9 at 10:00am
  • Date/time expected to reopen: Friday, September 15 at 6:00am
  • American Airlines: No operations Tuesday-Thursday. Limited schedule Friday
  • Delta: Restart anticipated Thurs. Sept. 14, (pending infrastructure assessment)

Naples Municipal Airport (APF) – CLOSED

  • Date/time closed: Friday, September 8 at 6:00pm
  • Date/time expected to reopen: Friday, September 15 at 7:59pm

This article will serve as a resource during the storm and will be updated with the latest information as we get it. Please leave comments below if there’s additional confirmed information that we should include.

Last update: September 12 at 10:23am

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