Miami airport severely damaged in Hurricane Irma: Flights canceled at Florida’s biggest terminal – and officials don’t know when it will reopen as they scramble to make repairs

Monday, September 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

Miami International Airport said there would be no flights at the terminal today
Irma’s 100mph winds left the airport with ‘significant water damage throughout’
Airport bosses hope to reopen on Tuesday but have yet to confirm the plans

11 September 2017

Miami International Airport has been closed after being severely damaged by Hurricane Irma – and officials have not confirmed when it will reopen.

Florida’s biggest terminal said there would be no flights at the airport today after it was battered by 100mph winds and left with ‘significant water damage throughout’.

Last night, American Airlines said it will not resume commercial flights from the international hub but may operate flights to bring in staff and supplies.

The airline had said earlier that it planned to begin limited operations on Monday after 5pm, but reversed course after the airport said it would remain closed on Monday. The airport may reopen on Tuesday but it did not confirm the plans.

‘American now plans to resume limited operations when the airport reopens,’ the airline said, noting federal agencies must assess whether the airport can reopen.

The Fort Worth-based airline canceled all flights at the Miami airport starting on Friday evening in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, along with flights at three other south Florida airports.

All American flights remain canceled through Monday at 12 other Florida airports, as well as Hilton Head, South Carolina, and Savannah, Georgia.

A Miami International Airport tweet said: ‘Travel advisory: There are no passenger flights scheduled at MIA September 11.

‘Some airlines will fly personnel and crew members tomorrow in preparations for flights to resume.

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