American Airlines: Final update on operations recovery following Tropical Storm Florence

Tropical Storm Florence information:

Thanks to the hard work of the American Airlines team – both before and after Tropical Storm Florence arrived – operations have resumed at all but four airports in North Carolina. Throughout the region the team was focused on ensuring the best possible care of our customers and team members, along with ground handling equipment and aircraft, in order to resume operations as expeditiously as possible. The remaining four airports are expected to resume operations in the coming days pending airport conditions and runway inspections.

Additionally, thanks to the generosity of our customers and team members, AAdvantage® members have raised more than $175,000 for the American Red Cross. Monetary donations are the best way to assist those in need at this time, which will help provide shelter, food, relief supplies and health services through trained Red Cross personnel who are on the ground in disaster areas. From now through Sept. 21, AAdvantage® members can earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation. Visit the Red Cross website to donate now.

Travel Alert

The current travel alert allows customers whose travel plans are impacted by this storm to rebook without change fees. Customers can reschedule their travel on by retrieving their reservation, or by contacting American reservations at +1-800-433-7300 in the U.S. or Canada. If a customer chooses not to fly to/from an airport covered by the current waiver, American will waive change fees for future travel. Customers are also encouraged to check the status of their flight on

Before the storm arrived, American waived fees for bags and in-cabin pets, and added reduced, last-minute fares for flights departing from certain airports that were forecast to be directly impacted by Florence.


If an American flight has been canceled or excessively delayed, customers may cancel their itinerary and request a refund by visiting our website. Customers who booked through a travel agent should contact their travel agency directly.

Airport Operations

Resumption of service at airports will be based on airport and roadway conditions, including the ability of our team members to get to work. We are also coordinating closely with our partners at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and local airport authorities. These agencies must conduct their own assessment of their operations prior to any airline resuming service.

North Carolina Airports

  • Greenville, North Carolina (PGV)
    • Plan to resume operations Sept. 20
  • Jacksonville, North Carolina (OAJ)
    • Plan to resume operations Sept. 19
  • New Bern, North Carolina (EWN)
    • Plan to resume operations Sept. 18
  • Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM)
    • Plan to resume operations Sept. 18