Hurricane Florence Airport Closures, Flight Delays and Cancellations, Thursday Latest: Charlotte, Richmond, Atlanta, Charleston and More

Hurricane Florence, currently rated a Category 2 storm, is heading for the East Coast, affecting airports and flights in the Mid-Atlantic region. The storm was expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday or Friday, while states like Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky will likely experience heavy rainfall, flooding and winds throughout the weekend. The National Weather Service said Florence could be "the storm of a lifetime."

Airlines have already started to cancel thousands of flights across the Southeast. According to the website Flight Aware, 586 flights in and out of the U.S. will be canceled. Some airlines are waving fees for flight date changes, baggage, and pets.

See the latest updates on Hurricane Florence's track, path and potential affected areas here.

As of Thursday, here's what's been announced so far regarding airports and flights in Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta; Charlotte; North Carolina; and elsewhere.

Flight Cancellations

The Willmington, South Carolina, airport has been closed, and the Myrtle Beach airport has closed for commercial flights.

Delta has cancelled a total of 150 flights ahead of the hurricane, including 70 flights that had been scheduled for Friday.

Charleston International Airport (KCHS)

Charleston International Airport announced Florence would affect operations until at least Friday. The airport runways were closed Tuesday at midnight, the airport announced in an update.

"The safety of our passengers and airport employees is our number one priority," Charleston Aviation Authority CEO Paul Campbell said. "The runways will reopen when the Air Force determines it is safe, and that depends on the impact HurricaneFlorence has on the area."

A sampling of the flights affected is listed below.

  • JetBlue flight 1374, scheduled to leave for New York at 5:08 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.
  • Southwest Airlines flight 371, scheduled to leave for Nashville, Texas, on Friday at 5:40 p.m., has been canceled.
  • Mesa Airlines flight 6093, scheduled to leave for Houston, Texas, on Saturday at 7 a.m., has been canceled.
  • Southwest Airlines flight 3415, scheduled to leave for Chicago on Saturday at 7:05 a.m., has been canceled.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

The Atlanta Airport urged passengers to monitor their specific airlines for updates regarding the hurricane. Some of the flights affected by the storm are listed below.

  • Delta Airlines flight 1971, scheduled to leave for Charleston, South Carolina, at 4:53 pm on Thursday, has been canceled.
  • SkyWest Airlines flight 3604, scheduled to leave for Fayetteville, North Carolina, at 5:14 pm on Thursday, has been canceled.
  • Delta Airlines flight 2023, scheduled to leave for Charleston, South Carolina, at 6:02 pm on Thursday, has been canceled.
  • Delta Airlines flight 1607, scheduled to leave for Charleston, South Carolina at 7:25 pm on Thursday, has been canceled.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Airport urged passengers to check in with their airlines regarding specific flights and said many airlines had travel waivers in place for the hurricane. Some of the flights affected are listed below.

  • American Airlines flight 765, scheduled to leave for Charleston, South Carolina, at 8:35 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.
  • Envoy Airlines flight 3975, scheduled to leave for Greensboro, North Carolina, at 10:14 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.
  • Republic Airlines flight 4402, scheduled to leave for Columbia, South Carolina, at 10:35 pm on Friday, has been canceled.
  • Piedmont Airlines flight 5010, scheduled to leave for Florence, South Carolina, at 10:35 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Raleigh Durham International Airport also urged passengers to check their flight status before heading to the airport on Thursday. The airport said there were approximately 120 cancellations—55 arrivals and 65 departures. Southwest Airlines announced it had canceled all flights from the airport on Thursday and Friday. Air Canada, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue said they were not planning to operate from the airport, while American, Frontier and United announced scattered cancellations.

A sampling of the flights affected is listed below.

  • Frontier Airlines flight 1139, scheduled to leave for Austin, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.
  • Envoy Airlines flight 4055, scheduled to leave for New York City at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, has been canceled.
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