Is Miami International Airport Closing for Hurricane Irma?

Is Miami International Airport Closing for Hurricane Irma?

Irma, now a category 5 storm, is set to slam into Puerto Rico on Wednesday evening followed by south Florida on Sunday, and many residents are trying to make their way out of the state.

GasBuddy, an app for finding the closest gas stations and cheapest prices, has reached the No. 2 spot in the App Store as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.

With almost all of the remaining seats out of south Florida sold out, airlines' attention Friday was focused on launching their remaining flights before operations close.

According to a 5 p.m. ET advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Irma is about 195 miles east of Caibarien, Cuba and around 345 miles southeast of Miami.

The latest forecast projects Hurricane Irma to make landfall in South Florida this weekend as a major hurricane.

People seemed to heed that advice as operations at the airport appeared to be running calmly on Friday.

"Some people just traveled up to Orlando where it's expected to be more safe because it's inland", said Davis.

Delta both upsized its airplanes and added new flights to account for the additional seats, it said in a statement.

AP added that United expects to cancel most flights to and from southern Florida from Saturday through Monday.

Irma's track now has the storm turning north and rolling along the east coast of Florida as an intense hurricane.

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But there's a catch-22: Thanks to people booking at the last minute, and with only a limited number of flights, ticket prices for the few remaining seats surged, leading to accusations of price gouging. American, Southwest and other airlines are moving all of their operational aircraft out of the region to wait out the storm.

By comparison, Hurricane Ike, which hit Texas in 2008, canceled only 3,400 flights for the airline.

The airline has sold out of seats leaving Florida in all flights until Friday, Sep. 8.

Miami experiencing gas shortages ahead of Irma.

As reported by TRBusiness, Hurricane Irma has already devastated the Caribbean island of St Martin and the Turks and Caicos Islands, claiming more than 14 lives.

On Thursday, there was only one direct flight from Rochester to Florida, and only one direct flight from Florida to Rochester.

On Wednesday, JetBlue Airways, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood's largest carrier, had canceled 130 flights in and out of destinations impacted by Irma's path.

These changes were announced not long after customers accused airlines of trying to capitalize on Hurricane Irma by jacking up ticket prices.

JetBlue provides flights out of Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale.

But while airlines offered some cheap flights out of south Florida after complaints, passengers said that did little good if all the flights were fully booked or cancelled.