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Florida’s airports to reopen with ‘limited’ service

Miami International Airport

Florida’s international airports are reopening on Tuesday (September 12) after being closed due to Hurricane Irma.

The state’s airports remained closed on Monday as they assessed damaged caused when the hurricane struck Florida on Sunday.

But Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa are all reopening on a “limited basis” on Tuesday.

Miami International said that airlines would be “gradually resuming their schedules”.

But the airport added: “Given that many airlines are not operating their full schedules, passengers should contact their airlines directly to confirm flight status before coming to the airport.”

Tampa International said it would “build up to a full schedule over the following days”.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport plans to reopen at 4am on Tuesday, but with “a more limited schedule than normal”.

British Airways said it planned to operate both of its daily flights from Heathrow to Miami on Tuesday. BA’s Gatwick-Orlando service will also run on Tuesday but the flight in the other direction has been cancelled.

Virgin Atlantic said it would be operating its scheduled daily flight from Heathrow to Miami on Tuesday, as well as five services to Orlando from Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow.

A Virgin spokesperson added: "Any customers booked to travel to, from or through Orlando, Miami and Atlanta between today (September 12) and September 17 may rebook their flights to an alternative date or alternative destination travelling on or before October 14, subject to availability.

"We also recommend anyone looking to travel to Florida should contact their accommodation provider before travelling."

ba.com

virginatlantic.com

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