Tampa Intl. Airport busy as people scramble to flee Hurricane Irma

Tampa Intl. Airport busy as people scramble to flee Hurricane Irma

JetBlue has announced that it is offering its remaining seats for travelers looking to escape the hurricane's path at a reduced rate of $99 - $159, including government taxes.

Delta confirmed that the route shown on the screenshot was theirs, but that the astronomic price was not correct. Both airlines have also capped ticket prices to make them more affordable for people in Florida. Indeed, some carriers have added flights.

"It's a very tough thing to juggle", Fisher said. All the Miami flights were all going up in price. "It was like winning the lottery to try to get one".

An agent from JetBlue told News 12 that they seem to be the only ones flying in and out of Florida from Westchester.

Throughout the day, flights from Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Miami were landing at Logan Airport. Tickets listed on American Airlines listed one flight from Miami to Denver Friday for $596 with two seats left.

At the time of writing, more than 547 origin and destination flights at Miami International Airport had been cancelled, according to flight tracking service Flightaware. It's closing at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.

The airport's normal schedule features 40 daily flights.

"I can guarantee you that I don't know anybody in Florida who's ever experienced what's about to hit South Florida", said FEMA administrator Brock Long, The New York Times reported.

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Emirates has been forced to cancel several flights to and from Fort Lauderdale and Orlando as Hurricane Irma sets its sights on Florida. He agreed that some fares were high. "Normally, these last-minute fares may be expensive".

"It's just the computer programs doing what they do when it's last minute and seats are scarce", Hobica said.

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All major US carriers were waiving change fees to the region.

Claims circulating on social media that some airlines are profiting from the situation by so-called "fare gouging" have been refuted by industry sources. "This is supposed to be the low season". "It's the busiest I've ever seen the Orlando airport".

"It is scary", Comer said. "We're opening this up because we think that obviously people need to get out of Florida". The final scheduled arrival was Delta's flight 1928 from Atlanta at 11:38 p.m.

"They missed the flight because it was so congested to get through security", he said, explaining that they're now driving to Chicago. We're already seeing more traffic coming through - all the way up through [Interstate] 75 and 95 - so get ready. Driving west on Interstate 10, they passed parked cars with sleeping people inside. The bottom line is the same: "You are not going to be able to fly".



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