Air­ports close down be­fore the storm

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION - By JORGE MILIAN and WIL­LIAM KELLY

The win­dow for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to fly out of town be­fore the ar­rival of Hur­ri­cane Irma has closed.

Fort Laud­erdale-Hol­ly­wood In­ter­na­tional Air­port closed Fri­day night and Amer­i­can Air­lines sus­pended op­er­a­tions at Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional and other South Florida air­ports on Fri­day.

Amer­i­can Air­lines can­celed flights for both Satur­day and to­day.

“Re­sump­tion of ser­vice will be based on air­port and road­way con­di­tions, in­clud­ing abil­ity of our team mem­bers to get to work,” ac­cord­ing to an Amer­i­can Air­lines state­ment.

Fort Laud­erdale air­port of­fi­cials said their last flight out took off Fri­day at 7:45 p.m., about four hours be­fore trop­i­cal-force storm winds were ex­pected.

Key West In­ter­na­tional Air­port closed Thurs­day evening with the last plane out an At­lanta-bound Delta flight at 5:50 p.m., ac­cord­ing to a city spokesper­son.

The Twit­ter ac­count for PBIA ad­vised trav­el­ers to con­tact air­lines re­gard­ing flight sta­tus. An­other tweet warned cus­tomers not to plan on rid­ing out Irma at the air­port, a point re­it­er­ated Thurs­day by Bruce Pelly, di­rec­tor of the county’s de­part­ment of air­ports.

“The ter­mi­nal is not a shel­ter,” Pelly said. “We won’t be open for that pur­pose.”

Cincin­nati-based Ex­ec­u­tive Jet Man­age­ment, which char­ters about 100 air­craft na­tion­wide, has seen an un­prece­dented de­mand for jets to take peo­ple out of South Florida in the past few days, a com­pany em­ployee said.

EJM planned to stop fly­ing in and out of Mi­ami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach coun­ties, as well as Stu­art and Or­lando, on Satur­day. all

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