A massive evacuation in Florida as catastrophic hurricane Irma is fast-approaching. Around 650,000 people have been ordered to leave the state of Florida. Fuel shortages and traffic jams complicate Florida’s Irma evacuation. The airports of Miami, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale are currently stalling as too many flights are trying to leave at once.
Several airlines are canceling flights to the affected areas in the Caribbean and Florida. Passengers are offered a free rebooking or a refund.
American Airlines announced that around 1,000 passengers are at Miami Airport without a confirmed reservation, the airline already cancelled 2,405 flights between Thursday and Monday (11 September). Officials are telling passengers not to use Miami Airport for evacuation.
Hurricane Irma is expected to hit Florida on Saturday morning (local time). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned that Irma will destroy a big part of the United States.
Boeing is moving its aircraft from Charleston to Everett.
L'usine Boeing de Charleston, SC va évacuer vers d'autres aéroport les Boeing 787 en attente de livraison pour éviter les dégâts avec Irma pic.twitter.com/UIZ1RrFTUE
— airplus (@airplusnews) September 7, 2017
Jason Rabinowitz tweets: “There is an incredible amount of aircraft over Florida right now. Anyone with access to an aircraft to evacuate from #Irma is doing so now.”
There is an incredible amount of aircraft over Florida right now.
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) September 8, 2017