Airports continue to be closed and flights canceled after the storm

(CNN) – Several airports in Florida were closed Thursday as thousands of flights were canceled due to Hurricane Ian.

Key West International Airport reopened at 7 a.m. Thursday, the airport said on its website.

Orlando International Airport tweeted an operational update On Thursday morning, trading operations would resume sometime on Friday. “Whenever a specific time is decided, we will share it on our social media channels and website,” the statement said.
The airports below remain closed, according to information on the Federal Aviation Administration’s airport status map.

While most airports have not announced plans to reopen, the FAA map provided the following estimated reopening times as of 10 a.m. Thursday:

Sarasota-Bradenton International It is expected to reopen on Thursday at 7:59 PM ET
Tampa International It is expected to reopen on Friday at 12:00 PM ET
Orlando International It is expected to reopen at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday
St. Pete-Clearwater International It is expected to reopen on Friday at 12:00 PM ET
Southwest Florida International It is expected to reopen on Friday at 12:00 PM ET
Daytona Beach International It is expected to reopen on October 5th at 6:00 PM ET

Travelers are advised to check airport websites and social media posts as well as airlines for specific information and time confirmation.

Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are open, but some flights are delayed and canceled.

Airports in Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville had the most cancellations Thursday morning.

More than 900 flights from Friday were also canceled by Thursday morning.

According to FlightAware, more than 250 American Airlines flights on Thursday were canceled as of 10 a.m. ET.

American customers traveling from airports in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas can book flights without changes.
Other US carriers, including Delta, Southwest and United, have also implemented flexible policies for affected passengers.

As the storm approached, the FAA said in a statement that it was “closely monitoring Hurricane Ian and its path,” stressing that it was not canceling commercial flights.

“Before any storm hits, we prepare and protect air traffic control facilities and equipment from the predicted storm path so that operations can quickly resume after the hurricane passes to support disaster relief efforts.”