Delta has issued a weather waiver and capped fares for customers traveling through cities along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama ahead of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Barry, which has already produced significant rainfall and some flooding across the region. The storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall overnight Friday into early Saturday bringing gusty winds and heavy rainfall.
The waiver allows customers with travel scheduled to, through or from the six airports between Friday, July 12 and Sunday, July 14, to make a one-time change to their itinerary without incurring a change fee.
Additionally, the airline capped one-way non-stop and connecting fares to and from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La., Lafayette, La., Gulfport, Miss., Jackson, Miss., and Mobile, Ala. in an effort to help those choosing to leave the affected area, ranging by cabin, flight distance and market. Nonstop flights between the affected areas and Delta’s central and eastern hubs are capped at as low as $399 in the Main Cabin, while flights to and from Delta’s western hubs are capped at $499 for the Main Cabin. For connecting itineraries, flights are capped between roughly $399 and $999 depending on mileage.
As of Thursday afternoon, the airline has no planned cancellations, though Delta’s team of Meteorologists continue to keep a watchful eye on the tropical system–now the first named storm in the Gulf–providing regular updates to operations teams across the affected area.
Frontline teams are also making preparations for Tropical Storm Barry by dispatching extra staffing for ground support, securing hotels and additional resources to airports in the region.
Flooding remains a concern as the storm is expected to bring significant rainfall areas east of the forecast track. Tropical storm warnings and storm surge watches remain in effect for the region.
Customers are encouraged to check their flight status on Delta.com or the Fly Delta Mobile App. Customers can also get updates sent directly to their mobile device or by email with One-Time Flight Notification.
Delta's teams at several airports along the U.S. Gulf Coast, as well as in the airline's Operations and Customer Center in Atlanta, are monitoring an approaching tropical storm, which has already produced significant rainfall and some flooding across the region.
No cancellations are planned, but Delta's dedicated team of meteorologists continue to watch for changing weather conditions as the storm is expected to intensify to a Category 1 storm—to be named Barry—before it makes landfall late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Delta is working closely with airports and other stakeholders to evaluate airport facilities and operational readiness ahead of the storm.
Should it grow to a Category 1 storm as is anticipated, it will be the first named storm in the Gulf, and is likely to affect cities stretching from eastern Texas to New Orleans. Tropical storm and storm surge watches are already in effect for some of the region.
Customers flying to, from or through the region are encouraged to check real-time flight status on Delta.com or via the Fly Delta Mobile app.