American Airlines cancels 2,000 flights due to Irma

Airline waives fees for dozens of destinations

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A plane flies over the FPL Collins Substation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., enabled with technology that helps monitor floodwaters and mitigate storm surges.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS) A plane flies over the FPL Collins Substation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., enabled with technology that helps monitor floodwaters and mitigate storm surges.

MIAMI — American Airlines will cancel flights out of Miami beginning Friday afternoon as Hurricane Irma approaches south Florida. Mass cancellations will run through Sunday.

Flights on Saturday and Sunday have been canceled out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. Flights scheduled to arrive in Miami Friday from Europe and South America also have been canceled.

In Orlando, the airline will wind down operations at 2 p.m. Saturday and all flights will be canceled Sunday.

“We continue to evaluate operations at other Florida airports, including Sarasota and Tampa, and will make adjustments as necessary,” American said in a statement.

In all, American canceled 85 flights for Thursday, 475 flights for Friday, 740 flights for Saturday, 760 flights for Sunday and 125 flights for Monday.

American is waiving change fees for flights to and from dozens of destinations in Florida and the Caribbean due to Irma.

Miami International Airport had 24 departures and 33 arrivals canceled on Thursday but will remain open. The airport will close when sustained winds reach 55 miles per hour, airport spokesman Greg Chin said.

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