As Hurricane Florence begins to make its impact, Delta is operating a reduced flight schedule to reflect the airline’s primary concern for customer and employee safety. Since Wednesday, Delta has cancelled nearly 200 scheduled flights as a result of Florence.
As the airline makes plans for resuming flights, Delta will maintain a close watch over airport infrastructure and areas with severe flooding that could impede safe flight operations. Fayetteville, N.C., (FAY), Jacksonville, N.C., (OAJ) , Myrtle Beach, S.C., (MYR), New Bern, N.C., (EWN) and Wilmington, N.C., (ILM) will remain closed for air travel through Friday and could reopen this weekend pending assessments of airport facilities and infrastructure.
Delta will continue to provide regular updates throughout the storm with updates on airport re-openings and when flights are scheduled to resume from specific airports. Customers are encouraged to visit Delta.com or use the Fly Delta Mobile App to make changes to their flight and get up-to-date flight status updates.
A travel waiver remains in place for the area in the storm’s projected path and was expanded yesterday to include additional cities and cover an extended period of time. A waiver also remains in place for baggage and pet-in-cabin fees.
At 7:15 a.m. Friday morning, Florence was located just south of Wilmington, N.C., as a Category 1 storm, with winds reaching over 100 mph. Cities such as Myrtle Beach and Raleigh-Durham will likely see winds between 50 and 60 mph with potential for over 12 inches of rainfall.
Delta reiterates its call for all in Florence’s path to keep safety as their top priority as the storm begins to make its largest, potentially devastating impact.
The latest map from the National Hurricane Center: