UPDATE: Delta braces for ATL impact, eyes Florida restart
Armed with the latest forecast and hurricane projections, Delta teams in the airline’s Operations and Customer Center have decided to cancel about 800 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. Wind shear, lighting and other convective weather is also possible in the vicinity of Atlanta and may prompt additional flight cancellations.
Delta recommends that customers transitioning its Atlanta hub on Monday modify their itineraries.
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. Updates are expected throughout the morning and will determine Delta’s Florida restart.
Delta has an updated airport-by-airport outlook for operations in the Caribbean, Florida and the southeastern U.S. For more information on airport updates, visit news.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.
Delta’s Sales Support is working around the clock to assist customers. For more information, you may also visit news.delta.com for the latest updates in this evolving weather event.