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Florida airports assess damage after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma

Flights between the UK and Florida will remain cancelled on Monday (September 11) as the state’s airports assess the damage caused by Hurricane Irma over the weekend.

Miami International said it would be closed on Monday while it assesses the extent of the damage, which will “determine if passenger flights will resume on Tuesday, September 12”.

Other airports in Florida also said it was “too early” to give details about when they may be able to resume commercial flights following the hurricane which hit the state on Sunday (September 10).

British Airways said it flew an extra aircraft to Bermuda on Sunday  to help bring back passengers who are stranded in Florida.

“As soon as it is safe to do so, we will be positioning it in to Florida, to help bring as many customers home as possible,” said the airline in an update.

“We also have aircraft ready in the Caribbean when airports reopen, to help get customers to airports with connecting flights to London.

“As the storm continues to make its way across the region, and the relief effort begins, flights will continue to be affected over the coming days. We are constantly reviewing the situation.”

Virgin Atlantic added in an advisory: “The adverse weather conditions caused by Hurricanes Irma and Jose mean our flights to and from Florida and the Caribbean are severely disrupted.

“The unpredictable nature of the path of the hurricane may require us to make further changes or cancellations to our flights.”

American Airlines said it had issued a travel alert because of the hurricane for more than 50 airports in the south-east of the US, including its hub at Miami.

While Delta has warned of potential disruption at its hub in Atlanta as Irma continues to head north into Georgia.

“As Delta meteorologists continue to track Hurricane Irma, strong winds and extended rain are expected in Atlanta starting Monday and could affect flights at the hub,” said the airline.

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