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Miami, Fort Lauderdale airports remain closed; West Palm to reopen Monday afternoon

Miami, Fort Lauderdale airports remain closed; West Palm to reopen Monday afternoon

Thousands of flights in and out of Florida have been scrubbed over the past several days as Irma tracked its way across the Caribbean to the mainland U.S. Operations will be canceled throughout the weekend.

Governor Rick Scott warned in a news conference: "You do not want to leave on Saturday, driving through Florida with tropical storm force winds". American Airlines will resume on Wednesday with an arrival at 11:29am.

This post has been updated to note that American Airlines has announced it will not resume limited service at Miami International Airport Monday evening as was indicated earlier on Sunday.

The Independent understands that the crew of the outbound flights which are operating will travel back on the inbound sector as passengers, rather than being stranded in Florida. Repairs to planes can take some time and the financial impact "is less the actual cost of the damage than the revenue left on the table by not being able to operate the aircraft". "Many flights have been canceled". "Situation under control. Terminal J is temporarily closed", the airport wrote without providing additional details.

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Miami International Airport responded to the tweet: "This video is not from Miami International Airport". More details were not released. "The situation is under control and Concourse J is temporarily closed". The world's busiest airport. "#HurricaneIrma", the airport noted. The airline which commands a 38 percent market share, said the resumption of normal schedules did not only depend on the airport's condition after Irma but also on the ability of their staff to get to work.

The Fort Worth-based carrier said it has canceled more than 2,500 flights as of Friday stretching through September 11. Key West International was among the first to shut down, followed by airports in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

At nearby Sanford airport, the only departures on Saturday are Thomson Airways, flying passengers home to Bristol, East Midlands and Gatwick. The airline is also offering one-time changes to tickets without charge if you are traveling to, from or through one of the areas affected by Hurricane Irma.

Senator Bill Nelson, a Florida Democrat who had been pressuring airlines to aid in evacuating Florida residents, spoke with airline executives on Thursday and urged them to add more flight outs of Florida.

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