This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.
Hurricane Florence made landfall Friday morning as a weakening Category 1 hurricane packing sustained winds of 90mph. However, the massive formerly-Category 4 hurricane still inflicted damage similar to a major hurricane in its storm surge, and catastrophic rains continue to fall.
Through Thursday morning, 1,300 flights had already been cancelled because of the hurricane, and that number has now climbed to more than 2,500. 497 US flights scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled with another 178 flights already cancelled for Sunday.
And cancellations are likely to continue at three key airports: Atlanta, GA (ALT), Charlotte, NC (CLT) and Raleigh/Durham, NC (RDU) as the storm passes through the area bringing strong winds and heavy rains. Charlotte has a 19% chance of getting sustained tropical storm force winds during the next 36 hours.
Through 9am Saturday morning, the airports hardest hit by cancellations (from Thursday-Sunday) are:
- Charlotte (CLT): 644 cancellations
- Raleigh/Durham (RDU): 460 cancellations
- Charleston, SC (CHS): 422 cancellations — closed for the storm
- Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR): 230 cancellations
- Atlanta (ATL): 160 cancellations
- Wilmington, NC (ILM): 154 cancellations — closed for the storm
- Norfolk, VA (ORF): 130 cancellations
With Charleston (CHS) reopening at 12:10pm on Saturday afternoon, eight airports are still shut down completely due to the hurricane, while others — such as Myrtle Beach — technically remain open despite all commercial flights being cancelled. As of the latest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) report, here are the airports still closed and when they’re expected to reopen:
|Albert J. Ellis Airport||Jacksonville, NC||OAJ||15-Sep 9:00pm|
|Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport||Rocky Mount, NC||RWI||16-Sep 4:00am|
|Coastal Regional Airport||New Bern, NC||EWN||16-Sep 10:00am|
|Florence Regional Airport||Florence, SC||FLO||16-Sep 10:00am|
|Wilmington International Airport||Wilmington, NC||ILM||16-Sep 4:00pm|
|Berkeley County Airport||Moncks Corner, SC||MKS||17-Sep 12:00pm|
|Seymour Johnson Air Force Base||Goldsboro, NC||GSB||17-Sep 2:00pm|
|Pitt-Greenville Airport||Greenville, NC||PGV||24-Sep 12:00pm|
Protect Your Travels
Hurricane Florence is another reminder to book flights with a card that offers solid trip delay and cancellation insurance. Currently, I’m using my Chase Sapphire Reserve to book my flights going forward. Another top choice is the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.
Featured image by NurPhoto / Getty Images.
This article has been updated as of 12:40pm with the reopening of Charleston Airport (CHS) and the latest FAA reopening data.
Know before you go.
News and deals straight to your inbox every day.
NEW INCREASED OFFER: 60,000 Points
TPG'S BONUS VALUATION*: $1,200
CARD HIGHLIGHTS: 2X points on all travel and dining, points transferrable to over a dozen travel partners
*Bonus value is an estimated value calculated by TPG and not the card issuer. View our latest valuations here.
- Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees