Hurricane Florence Flight Cancellations, Airport Closures: KCHS Charleston, Atlanta, Charlotte Airport Updates

Hurricane Florence, currently rated a Category 3 storm, is heading for the East Coast and threatening to upend travel plans. It is expected to hit the Carolinas on Thursday, and states like Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky will likely experience rainfall, flooding, and high winds throughout the weekend.

Some airlines have added extra seats to their larger flights leaving the Carolinas, but airlines have already started canceling thousands of flights across the Southeast. Here's the latest on what's happening with airports and flights in Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina, and elsewhere.

Flight Cancellations 

Charleston International Airport (KCHS)

  • Southwest Airlines flight 1895 to Baltimore, which was scheduled for 6:50 p.m., has been canceled. 
  • Southwest Airlines flight 371 to Nashville / Houston-HOU, which was scheduled for 5:40 p.m., has been canceled. 
  • Southwest Airlines flight  653 to Chicago-Midway / Dallas Love Field, which was scheduled to depart at 4:45 p.m., has been canceled. 
  • Frontier Airlines flight 461 to Minneapolis, which was scheduled to depart at 2:23 p.m., has been canceled. 

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 

The Atlanta airport is monitoring the situation, but on Wednesday afternoon it had a low number of delayed flights. 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport 

North Carolina's major airport encouraged passengers to check with their airlines for flight updates. Some airlines have travel waivers for passengers affected by Hurricane Florence. 

JetBlue, for example, announced it would waive change or cancel fees and fare differences for customers traveling Tuesday, September 11, through Sunday, September 16, to and from the following cities: Baltimore; Charleston; Charlotte; Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia;  Savannah, Georgia; Washington, D.C. 

ViaAir is allowing passengers who booked flights to or from Charlotte from September, 10 through September, 17 to change or cancel their flights to a different date with no fees. 

South Carolina

United Airlines has canceled all flights to and from Wilmington, South Carolina, starting at 1 p.m. Thursday and into Saturday morning, all flights to and from Charleston on Thursday and Friday, all flights to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on Thursday and Friday, and all flights to and from Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Thursday, Friday, and into the early Saturday morning hours.

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