IRMA: Airlines, cruises make cancellations as storm approaches

Last Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017, 8:02 AM EDT

As Hurricane Irma moves along and Florida is bracing for a possible impact, airlines, cruises and the travel industry in general are making changes as the storm approaches.

7 a.m., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Tampa International Airport announced that there will be no scheduled flights today. Operations will likely resume Tuesday or Wednesday. Passengers should contact their airline for flight information.  

6:38 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Daytona Beach International Airport is going to close Saturday at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, in Orlando International Airport will cease operations Saturday at 5 p.m. This morning News 13 is learning that people are scrambling to buy plane tickets and waiting in long lines.

Officials at the airport will suspend all flights starting Saturday night. The airport reported more than 40 cancellations Friday.

As of early Saturday morning, Orlando International Airport is the calm before the storm.

The last flight takes off at 5 p.m., Saturday, which is the same time the parking garages will close.

If you are traveling out of this airport Saturday, you should arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours if you are traveling internationally as many are waiting in long lines at the ticket counter and security.

Allegiant Air has cancelled flights to and from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport as the last flight there leaves around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Also, the Orlando-Melbourne International airport will suspend flights at 6 p.m., Saturday.

Some travelers have been stranded here for days. 

7:10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Officials at Orlando International Airport will shut down all of its operations on Saturday, ahead of Hurricane Irma. On Friday morning it is not too busy here at the airport yet, but travelers did report long lines at the ticket counter.

Airport officials announced on Thursday that all flights will be suspended here at OIA starting at 5 p.m. on Saturday. In addition, Allegiant Air has cancelled flights to and from the Orlando-Sanford International Airport. The Orlando-Melbourne International airport will also suspend flights starting at 6 p.m., Saturday.

If your flight is cancelled, make sure to call your airline. Some of them are waiving fees to change your flight. Attorney General Pam Bondi also says Delta and American Airlines are capping fares for customers. Several flights have been cancelled and delayed. Airport officials say they do not know when those fights will take off since it will depend on the storm and how quickly it passes.

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Currently, two flights to San Juan have been canceled at Orlando International Airport. Because of Hurricane Irma, the Orlando International Airport originally posted that it will stop all commercial flights at 5 pm., Saturday, Sept. 9, but later Thursday morning airport officials told us they will be holding a meeting later in the day to see if they may suspend flights or not.

The Orlando Sanford International Airport announced that the last commercial flight will depart at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9 due to Hurricane Irma. There will be no commerical passenger flight activity after that time until further notice. Commercial passenger flight operations will resume as soon as possible and will be announced accordingly. Click here for more info. Allegiant has begun cancelling Saturday flights.

Tampa airport officials said Irma is being monitored and not impacting any flights as of Wednesday afternoon. However, airline seats are running out.

JetBlue reportedly has sold out flights leaving Florida through Sept. 13. United Airlines is reporting they're sold out through Friday.

American Airlines, meanwhile, still has limited seats available. Like JetBlue, the airline vastly cut fares on flights leaving Florida, capping economy seats at $99 and premium one-way fares at $199.

People leaving Tampa International Airport said they felt lucky to get tickets.

"We were just at the counter and they were telling other people they're sold out so I'm glad we got on ours and can get out before they get sold out completely, " said Nina Schroder.

"I didn't have any trouble getting a ticket and the price wasn't too bad but I noticed right after I got mine, it went way up," said Nick Smith.

Some airlines are also waiving baggage fees and pet fees for people flying out of certain cities that could be impacted by the hurricane.

But flights are not the only ones being impacted.

The Disney Fantasy has canceled its cruise that sets sail on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Also, the Disney Dream has cancelled two of their cruises that were set to sail on Friday, Sept. 8, and Monday, Sept. 11.

Refunds will automatically be returned to the original form of payment.

And the Royal Caribbean is also canceling some of their cruises.

The Empress of the Seas, which was supposed to leave on Saturday, Sept. 9, to Cuba.

Then the Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas cruises to the Bahamas for Friday, Sept. 8, are also both canceled.