Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

TLH airport plays key role in emergency operations

Florida's gas shortages keep getting worse as millions of motorists flee Hurricane Irma's path of destruction.

American Airlines said it added 16 flights from Miami to Dallas, New York and Philadelphia - a total of 3,600 seats. "When the wind direction is perpendicular to the runway, it's called a crosswind and can make landing challenging and potentially unsafe", Delta said in a morning advisory. American said Sunday night that it would not resume flights at most Florida airports until at least Tuesday.

Florida residents and tourists rushed to Miami International Airport on Friday to catch the final departing flights as Hurricane Irma - a powerful, already-fatal storm with a width is larger than the entire Florida peninsula - bears down on the state. An airline employee told us there were about 50 people on the flight to Florida, but there were about 160 people on the flight out of Florida with Irma moving in.

JetBlue, which flies direct from Albany to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, posted Sunday it has canceled 730 flights nationwide to and from Florida that were originally scheduled through Wednesday. "Everything's great, ' and I got a text message on a flight from Miami that said, Your flight's canceled from Miami to Bolivia'".

An airline spokesman said the timetable depended on approval by federal aviation officials and the ability of security screeners and airport vendors to return to work.

Key West International, which was among the first to shut down, remained closed Monday.

Irma recovery could require 11M meals, 24000 tarps and more
With expected winds of about 100 miles per hour, residents were advised to prepare for the worst by Tampa's Mayor, Bob Buckhorn . The company said it has assembled the largest pre-storm workforce in US history , with more than 16,000 people ready to respond.

Miami International Airport is closed today Monday and will begin only limited flights on Tuesday.

Airlines are doing what they can to help passengers and evacuate people in advance of Hurricane Irma. Travel site Kayak said earlier this week that its analysis showed prices for last-minute departures from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando rose more than 25 percent from last week, when they were in the mid $300s. All the remaining flights are canceled through Sunday.

"It was very scary", she said.

Interjet has also canceled two round-trip flights to Havana, Cuba.

Shares of airline companies were mostly higher Friday, as a downgrade of Hurricane Irma to a Category 4 storm helped offset yet another unit revenue warning, this time from Southwest Airlines Co. "Hopefully tomorrow, tomorrow afternoon".

CBS North Carolina caught up with some of the people flying into RDU International Airport Thursday.

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