Armed with the latest forecast and hurricane projections, Delta teams in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center have decided to cancel about 900 flights Monday as Hurricane Irma is expected to bring to the Atlanta hub strong crosswinds that exceed operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft.

At issue is Irma’s anticipated general north-south wind direction relative to Atlanta’s east-west runway configuration. As is the case at all airports, Atlanta’s five runways are aligned with the prevailing wind, which generally blows from the east or west. Aircraft are best suited to take off and land into the wind for better performance. When the wind direction is perpendicular to the runway, it’s called a crosswind and can make landing challenging and potentially unsafe. A slight crosswind is allowable and can be safely managed, but a 40 mph or greater crosswind, as the storm is expected to bring in Atlanta, may exceed allowable limits.

Wind shear, lighting and other convective weather is also possible in the vicinity of Atlanta and may prompt additional flight cancellations.

Florida restart

As the storm prepares to cross into Georgia Monday, Delta teams have set their sights on resuming service to Florida airports. Delta expects reports from airport authorities throughout the state Monday on the condition of runways, taxiways and terminal infrastructure, some of which sustained damage. See more information below regarding Delta's Florida restart.

Delta encourages customers to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport on the Fly Delta app or at delta.com. Delta recommends that customers transiting the airline's Atlanta hub Monday modify their itineraries around the city on delta.com.

Delta has combined and consolidated fee waivers through Sept. 17 for customers transiting three dozen destinations where flights will be affected by Irma, and created a new waiver for St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos for customers ticketed through Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, at St. Thomas on Monday, Delta will operate a humanitarian flight bringing in recovery supplies and will carry out 150 U.S. citizens to Detroit. Delta continues to examine when regularly scheduled service may resume. Additional humanitarian flights are expected throughout the week to destinations in the Caribbean.

Below is an updated airport-by-airport outlook for operations in the Caribbean, Florida and the southeastern U.S.:

Station

Flights Suspended

Flights to Resume

Caribbean

 

 

St. Maarten (SXM)

Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6

Restart TBD (pending infrastructure assessment)

St. Thomas (STT)

Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6

Delta humanitarian flight. Commercial flights to resume Wed. Sept. 13 (pending infrastructure assessment, government approval)

San Juan (SJU)

Canceled all flights beginning Thurs. Sept. 7

Restarted operations Fri., Sept. 8

Punta Cana (PUJ)

No Impact

No Impact

Santiago (STI)

Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6

Restarted operations Fri., Sept. 8

Port-au-Prince (PAP)

No impact

No impact

Providenciales (PLS)

Canceled all flights beginning Wed. Sept. 6

Flights to resume as scheduled, Wed. Sept. 13

Nassau (NAS)

Canceled all flights beginning Fri. Sept. 8

Flights resumed Mon. Sept. 11, no further impact

Georgetown/Exuma (GGT)

Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9

Flights to resume as scheduled, Wed., Sept. 13

Marsh Harbor (MHH)

Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9

Flights to resume as scheduled, Sat. Sept. 16

Freeport (FPO)

Will cancel beginning Sat., Sept. 9

Flights to resume as scheduled, Sat., Sept. 16

Havana (HAV)

Canceled flights Sun. Sept. 10

Flights to resume Tues. Sept. 12

(pending infrastructure assessment)

Florida

 

 

Key West (EYW)

Canceled all flights beginning Fri. Sept. 8

Restart anticipated Thurs. Sept. 14, (pending infrastructure assessment)

Miami (MIA)

All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12, morning

Ft. Lauderdale (FLL)

All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12, morning

West Palm Beach (PBI)

All flights canceled after 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 8

Inbound restart planned Mon. Sept. 11, evening

Ft. Meyers (RSW)

All flights canceled after 2 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9

Restart tentatively Tues. Sept. 12 (pending infrastructure assessment)

Sarasota (SRQ)

All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10

Restart tentatively planned Tues. Sept. 12 (pending infrastructure assessment)

Melbourne (MLB)

All flights canceled after 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12, morning

Tampa (TPA)

All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10

Restart tentatively Tues., Sept. 12

(pending infrastructure assessment)

Orlando (MCO)

All flights canceled after 5 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9

Restart planned Mon., Sept. 11, evening (pending infrastructure assessment)

Daytona Beach (DAB)

All flights canceled after 6 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12 (pending infrastructure assessment)

Gainesville, FL (GNV)

Flights canceled after 9 p.m., Sat. Sept. 9

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12 (pending infrastructure assessment)

Jacksonville (JAX)

All flights canceled after 7 p.m. Sat., Sept. 9

Restart planned Tues., Sept. 12, (pending infrastructure assessment)

Tallahassee (TLH)

Operational Plan TBD

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

Panama City (ECP)

All flights canceled Sept. 10

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

(pending infrastructure assessment)

Georgia

 

 

Brunswick (BQK)

Limited flights Sun., Sept. 10 and continue Sept. 11

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

Valdosta (VLD)

All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

(pending infrastructure assessment)

Albany (ABY)

All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

(pending infrastructure assessment

Atlanta (ATL)

Approximately 320 Delta flights canceled Mon., Sept. 11, more possible

Delta recommends customers transiting Atlanta make alternate plans via waivers on delta.com

Savannah (SAV)

All flights canceled after 3 p.m. Sun. Sept. 10

Restart planned Tues. Sept. 12

Tennessee

 

 

Chattanooga (CHA)

Operational Plan TBD

Operational Plan TBD

Nashville (BNA)

Operational Plan TBD

Operational Plan TBD

Alabama

 

 

Dothan (DHN)

All flights canceled Sun., Sept. 10

Restart tentatively Mon., Sept. 11

(pending infrastructure assessment)

Birmingham (BHM)

No impact to operations expected

No impact to operations expected

Huntsville (HSV)

No impact to operations expected

No impact to operations expected

Montgomery (MGM)

No impact to operations expected

No impact to operations expected

Mobile (MOB)

No impact to operations expected

No impact to operations expected

 

9 p.m. Sunday update:

Delta teams continue to monitor conditions in Florida Sunday night and are gathering information for possible resumption of service Monday at airports throughout the Sunshine State.

At Delta's Atlanta hub, crosswinds are forecast to be potentially beyond the safe operating limits of Delta Connection regional jet aircraft, necessitating 130 flight cancellations after 1 p.m. ET Monday. Additional cancellations are possible, depending on conditions such as wind shear and lightning. Delta expects to decide on additional cancellations early Monday morning, driven by latest forecast data.  

Delta encourages customers to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport on the Fly Delta app or at delta.com. Delta recommends that customers transiting the airline's Atlanta hub Monday modify their itineraries around the city on delta.com.

Delta has combined and consolidated fee waivers through Sept. 17 for customers transiting three dozen destinations where flights will be affected by Irma, and created a new waiver for St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos for customers ticketed through Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, at St. Thomas on Monday, Delta will operate a humanitarian flight bringing in recovery supplies and will carry out 150 U.S. citizens to Atlanta. Delta continues to examine when regularly scheduled service may resume.

 

1:30 p.m. Sunday update:

With operations ceased at nearly all Florida airports, Delta teams are monitoring conditions and fine-tuning forecasts to determine potential impact at Delta's Atlanta hub for Monday, as well as understand when flying will resume at airports affected by Hurricane Irma.

With strong winds and extended rain expected in Georgia on Monday, Delta is advising customers who are transiting through the airline's Atlanta hub Monday modify their itineraries around ATL on delta.com.

Delta is flying an extra flight on Sunday between Atlanta and San Juan, Puerto Rico, to assist Caribbean recovery efforts.

Delta has combined and consolidated fee waivers through Sept. 17 for customers transiting three dozen destinations where flights will be affected by Irma, and has created a new waiver for St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Turks and Caicos for customers ticketed through Oct. 31.

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