Monday, September 11, 2017

Delta cancels nearly 800 flights as Atlanta braces for Hurricane Irma

Atlanta Airport runway direction big reason for decision
Posted by Patti Pietschmann


According to a Delta statement, Irma’s anticipated general north-south wind direction relative to Atlanta’s east-west runway configuration is a major factor in decision to cancel flights. "As is the case at all airports, Atlanta’s five runways are aligned with the prevailing wind, which generally blows from the east or west. Aircraft are best suited to take off and land into the wind for better performance. When the wind direction is perpendicular to the runway, it’s called a crosswind and can make landing challenging and potentially unsafe. A slight crosswind is allowable and can be safely managed, but a 40 mph or greater crosswind, as the storm is expected to bring in Atlanta, may exceed allowable limits.latest forecast and hurricane projections, Delta teams in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center have decided to cancel about 800 flights Monday as Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the Atlanta hub strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft."
Wind shear, lighting and other convective weather is also possible in the vicinity of Atlanta and may prompt additional flight cancellations.
Florida flights resuming
 Delta expects reports from airport authorities throughout the state Monday on the condition of runways, taxiways and terminal infrastructure, some of which sustained damage. Updates are expected throughout the morning and will determine Delta’s Florida restart.  Do check the status of your flight before leaving for the airport on the Fly Delta app or at delta.com. Delta recommends that customers transiting the airline's Atlanta hub Monday modify their itineraries around the city on delta.com.
Fee waivers
Delta has also combined and consolidated fee waivers through Sept. 17 for customers transiting three dozen destinations where flights will be affected by Irma, and created a new waiver for St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos for customers ticketed through Oct. 31.
Today, Delta is operating  a humanitarian flight bringing in recovery supplies and flying out 150 U.S. citizens to Atlanta from hurricane-ravaged St. Thomas. 
Below is an updated airport-by-airport outlook for operations in the Caribbean, Florida and the southeastern U.S.
Station
Flights Suspended
Flights to Resume
Caribbean


St. Maarten (SXM)
Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
St. Thomas (STT)
Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
San Juan (SJU)
Canceled all flights beginning Thurs. Sept. 7
Restarted operations Fri., Sept. 8
Punta Cana (PUJ)
No Impact
No Impact
Santiago (STI)
Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6
Restarted operations Fri., Sept. 8
Port-au-Prince (PAP)
No impact
No impact
Providenciales (PLS)
Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
Nassau (NAS)
Canceled all flights beginning Fri. Sept. 8
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
Georgetown/Exuma (GGT)
Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
Marsh Harbor (MHH)
Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
Freeport (FPO)
Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9
Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)
Florida


Key West (EYW)
Canceled all flights beginning Fri. Sept. 8
Restart anticipated Tues. Sept. 12, afternoon (pending infrastructure assessment)
Miami (MIA)
All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, afternoon
Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)
All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, afternoon
West Palm Beach (PBI)
All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, afternoon
Ft. Meyers (RSW)
All flights canceled after 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9
Restart tentatively Tues. Sept. 12 (pending infrastructure assessment)
Sarasota (SRQ)
All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10
Restart tentatively planned Mon., Sept. 11 (pending infrastructure assessment)
Melbourne (MLB)
All flights canceled after 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, afternoon
Tampa (TPA)
All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10
Restart tentatively Tues., Sept. 12
(pending infrastructure assessment)
Orlando (MCO)
All flights canceled after 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, evening
Daytona Beach (DAB)
All flights canceled after 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9
Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12
Gainesville, FL (GNV)
Flights canceled after 9 p.m., Sat. Sept. 9
Limited flights Sun., Sept. 10 and continue Sept. 11
Jacksonville (JAX)
All flights canceled after 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9
Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, afternoon
Tallahassee (TLH)
Operational Plan TBD
Limited flights Sun., Sept. 10 and continue Sept. 11
Georgia


Brunswick (BQK)
Limited flights Sun., Sept. 10 and continue Sept. 11
Limited flights Sun., Sept. 10 and continue Sept. 11
Valdosta (VLD)
All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10
Restart tentatively Mon., Sept. 11
(pending infrastructure assessment)
Albany (ABY)
All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10
Restart tentatively Mon., Sept. 11
(pending infrastructure assessment)
Atlanta (ATL)
Approximately 130 Delta Connection flights canceled Mon., Sept. 11, more possible
Delta recommends customers transiting Atlanta make alternate plans via waivers on delta.com
Savannah (SAV)
All flights canceled after 3 p.m. Sun. Sept. 10
Restart tentatively Mon., Sept. 11
(pending infrastructure assessment)
Tennessee


Chattanooga (CHA)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD
Nashville (BNA)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD
Alabama


Dothan (DHN)
All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10
Restart tentatively Mon., Sept. 11
(pending infrastructure assessment)
Birmingham (BHM)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD
Huntsville (HSV)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD
Montgomery (MGM)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD
Mobile (MOB)
Operational Plan TBD
Operational Plan TBD