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Irma-related flight cancellations starting

Irma-related flight cancellations starting

Cancellations are expected to increase through the weekend
Irma-related flight cancellations starting
A JetBlue airplane lands at Albany International Airport in 2015.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

ALBANY -- Anticipated flight cancellations due to Hurricane Irma's proximity to Florida have started to impact travelers at Albany International Airport, airport officials said.

Cancellations of Friday afternoon flights are being seen, and even more are expected for Saturday and Sunday, airport spokesman Doug Myers said. JetBlue has canceled all direct flights to Florida starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday, while Southwest has canceled service to Fort Lauderdale for both Saturday and Sunday.

The busy airports in Miami, Fort Lauderale and Orlando are all expected to largely shut down over the weekend, as they lie in the storm's anticipated path.

About 33 percent of all travel through Albany is to or from Florida. Airport officials said flights coming from Florida have been full this week.

"Irma will impact air travel throughout the nation as flights are canceled or delayed," Myers said. "Airline personnel are working diligently to assist travelers that are trying to leave Florida in advance of the storm."

Travelers were urged to monitor the airport website, albanyairport.com, for the latest flight information, or check with their airlines.


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