These are the latest airports to close for Hurricane Dorian

Sep 4, 2019

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For the latest update on Hurricane Dorian, check thepointsguy.com/hurricane.

After unleashing incredible damage in the Bahamas for days, Hurricane Dorian pulled away from the battered islands on Tuesday and began its run up the US Southeast coast. As the Category 2 hurricane sweeps north, it’s expected to bring dangerous storm surge, heavy rains and damaging wind to the east coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Although forecasts originally showed the center of the hurricane staying offshore, the current forecast is for the hurricane to make landfall on the Carolina coast on Thursday or Friday.

There have already been thousands of flights that have been cancelled already, and as Hurricane Dorian pounds the Southeast coast, more cancellations are likely. According to reports, the following commercial passenger airports have ceased operation or have announced plans to close:

  • Charleston (CHS): closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday with plans to reopen Friday
  • Wilmington (ILM): closed at 9 p.m. Wednesday with plans to reopen Friday
  • Daytona Beach (DAB): closed at 6 p.m. Monday, reopening hasn’t been announced. American Airlines expects to resume services Friday morning.
  • Hilton Head (HXD): closed at 4 p.m. Wednesday. American Airlines expects to resume services Friday morning.

The are a number of airports in the storm’s path that haven’t closed but are experiencing a number of cancellations:

For reference, here are the major airports that closed during the storm but have reopened:

As of the 10:00 a.m. ET Thursday afternoon Federal Aviation Administration report, here are the airports that are closed, and when they expect to reopen:

Airport City IATA Code Time Closed Scheduled Reopening
Wilmington International Airport Wilmington, North Carolina ILM Sep 4 9:00 PM Sep 6 8:00 AM
Florence Regional Airport Florence, South Carolina FLO Sep 5 2:00 AM Sep 6 7:00 AM
Hilton Head Airport Hilton Head, South Carolina HXD Sep 4 12:00 PM Sep 7 12:00 PM
Merritt Field Beaufort, South Carolina NBC Sep 3 4:00 PM Sep 6 9:00 AM
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport Amelia Island, Florida FHB Sep 3 10:00 AM Sep 6 12:00 PM

Through 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the airports hardest hit by cancellations (Sunday-Friday) are:

Airport Saturday-
Monday
Tuesday
(Sept. 3)
Wednesday
(Sept. 4)
Thursday
(Sept. 5)
Friday
(Sept. 6)
Total
Orlando (MCO) 503 734 422 6 2 1,667
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 606 298 52 15 1 972
Miami (MIA) 151 136 35 13 1 336
Charleston (CHS) 5 42 85 143 16 291
Jacksonville (JAX) 20 49 163 25 257
Palm Beach International (PBI) 100 100 13 213
Savannah (SAV) 2 8 58 89 8 165
Mrytle Beach (MYR) 9 4 18 70 3 104
Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB) 80 8 4 92
Wilmington (ILM) 9 48 12 69
Daytona Beach (DAB) 13 16 16 10 1 56
Melbourne (MLB) 8 12 10 2 12 44
Hilton Head (HXD) 1 1 5 6 1 14

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