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Airlines Cancel 1,400 More Flights As Florida Airports Start Reopening

By Dave Simpson
Airlines Cancel 1,400 More Flights As Florida Airports Start Reopening

Airlines cancelled about 1,400 flights for Friday 30 September while some major Florida airports that temporarily halted operations because of Hurricane Ian said they would resume operations after reporting no serious damage.


Tampa and St. Pete-Clearwater airports will both reopen Friday 30 September morning, while Sarasota-Bradenton airfield will be open for general aviation and air carriers late Thursday 29 September.

Airlines cancelled 2,046 US flights Thursday 29 September and nearly 2,200 Wednesday 28 September.

Orlando Airport said it expects to reopen at some point Friday 30 September but "a damage assessment is taking place" and all roads leading to the airport remain closed due to flooding. Walt Disney said Thursday 29 September it would resume Disney World theme park and Disney Springs operations in Orlando in a phased approach starting on Friday 30 September after being closed.

Statements By US Transportation Secretary

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told MSNBC there are mobile resources that can substitute for Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control towers if needed.


"But we still need to get the damages assessments to understand what's happened to other pieces of critical equipment like the instrument landing system elements and components that are on or around these runways. We're still getting information about the extent of the damage right now."

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