Over 10,000 flights were canceled at airports in Florida due to Hurricane Irma. Miami International and Orlando International are working to clean up to get ready to receive aircraft and customers again.
According to American Airlines, the challenges are not only the airports, but they are also being faced with where to house their crews in the state due to hotels being damaged and extremely limited rooms currently available.
Miami International Airport’s Chief Executive, Emilio Gonzalez, said they were dealing with significant water damage. Orlando International experienced flooding, roadway debris, and torn canopies at the departure/arrival curbs and is planning to phase in limited commercial operations. Palm Beach International reopened Monday afternoon with limited service. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport announced they would remain closed for now.
Also of concern is whether the jet fuel was contaminated by the storm, but it was reported that supplies were not affected.
For both airlines and airports in Florida, it will be a gradual process of getting operations back to 100 percent.