Orlando International shuts down; flights canceled ahead of Hurricane Dorian
1,057 Tuesday flights canceled to/from Florida airports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Orlando International Airport, Florida's busiest airport, ceased operations at 2 a.m. Tuesday morning as the outer bands of Hurricane Dorian reach South and Central Florida.
The decision was made after the National Weather Service placed the Central Florida region under a tropical storm warning. Orlando International Airport was preparing for winds between 40 and 45 mph.
Hurricane #Dorian Statement - 9/2/19 Afternoon— Orlando International Airport (@MCO) September 2, 2019
Dorian's track forces ceasing of operations at MCO on Tuesday, September 3.
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The airport had originally been set to close at 2 a.m. Monday, but airport officials rescinded that plan as the hurricane slowed down and its projected path shifted more north.
Some 47.7 million passengers traveled through the airport last year.
FlightAware.com reported that airlines had already canceled 1,352 flights for Tuesday, many involving Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami airports. Jacksonville International Airport reports 32 cancelations Tuesday.
If you plan to fly Tuesday or Wednesday, check with your airlines or visit FlightAware.com.
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