WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – Flights to southern Florida have resumed, but thousands of people are still stranded at airports.
As Hurricane Matthew ripped through Florida, its wrath could be felt hundreds of miles away in Connecticut. At least seven flights to and from Florida airports were canceled at Bradley International Airport Friday morning.
Miami Airport, which is a hub for American Airlines among others, shut down before the storm. With so many stranded people looking to book new flights, passengers wondered what kind of ripple effect this would have at other airports. “I knew I would be traveling today so I tried to keep track of the weather channel and keep up to date with what was going on down there,” said Robert Rivera of Springfield. He was flying to Detroit and wasn’t expected to be impacted.
Kerry Robinson was flying from Connecticut to Indiana. She was nervous she wouldn’t make it back on time Saturday for an event Sunday morning. She said, “I’m less concerned about the storm reaching Connecticut, but more concerned about the disruption throughout the whole network.”
Morning flights from Florida to Bradley and from Bradley to Florida were canceled, except one. The Jetblue flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida was on time at 11:08AM. 22News spoke with one couple flying to Ecuador with a stop in Fort Lauderdale. They were expecting to be delayed, but were pleased they were not. A couple from Connecticut was also on that flight, excited they’d be able to visit family near Fort Lauderdale. “It says it’s on time so we said we would still go if it is, and so far so good!” Frankie Oszcapinski told 22News. Sure enough, the flight did depart on time. Airports in Southern Florida were spared most of the hurricane’s destruction and reopened Friday morning.
Still, tracking service FlightAware estimates 4,500 canceled flights through Saturday as Hurricane Matthew moves north to Georgia and the Carolinas. Some airlines are offering travel waivers to impacted passengers. Be sure to check the status of your flight before you head to the airport.
Several flights out of Bradley International Airport to Florida have been cancelled Friday morning due to Hurricane Matthew.
- Miami, FL – 6:30 a.m.
- Fort Lauderdale, FL – 6:30 a.m.
- Orlando, FL – 7:35 a.m.
- West Palm Beach, FL – 9:00 a.m.
- Orlando, FL – 10:06 a.m.
A few flights heading to Florida on Friday are still scheduled to take off, though. Hurricane Matthew is also expected to hit Georgia, and South Carolina. Flights to Atlanta are also scheduled to take-off.
Flights still scheduled:
- Atlanta, GA – 6:00 a.m.
- Tampa, FL – 7:10 a.m.
- Atlandto, GA – 7:00 a.m.
- Atlanta, GA – 10:50 a.m.
- Fort Lauderdale, FL – 11:08 a.m.
- Tampa, FL – 12:08 p.m.
If you’re planning on flying out of Bradley, you should check your flight status for updates on your flight.