Hurricane Irma: What has happened and what is coming

Hurricane Irma: What has happened and what is coming

"All flights have ceased operations in preparation for Hurricane Irma": that is the blunt message on the front page of Miami International Airport's website.

AA 1325, which would have left LF Wade International Airport for Miami at 9am today, did not fly, along with AA 308, this afternoons service from Miami.

While many scheduled flights were nixed in the path of Irma, U.S. and Canadian airlines scrambled on Wednesday to dispatch aircraft to the Caribbean to airlift passengers and other staff out before the powerful hurricane blew through.

Delta both upsized its airplanes and added new flights to account for the additional seats, it said in a statement.

The carrier added flights to airports in Punta Cana, Nassau, Freeport, Key West, Miami, Ft.

All of the extra flights, though, are causing some heavy air traffic and significant delays.

And because this storm is more than 350 miles (563 kilometers) wide, the Miami area is NOT in the clear just because Irma's eye is shifting to the west.

George Hobica, founder of airfarewatchdog.com, said he checked several routes and did not believe that prices were out of line for last-minute tickets, which nearly always cost more.

"I said, 'Get me a flight anywhere, two seats anywhere, ' and they got me a flight to Dallas for $99".

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Frontier Airlines: Operating Saturday morning flights, including a 10:55 a.m. departure to Cleveland.

Thousands of flights now have been canceled in Florida, in anticipation of Hurricane Irma's arrival this weekend.

"It would certainly be offensive if airlines - who rely on publicly supported infrastructure and have been bolstered by American taxpayers for almost a century - used this opportunity to impose unconscionable costs on consumers", they wrote in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

All commercial flights were halted ahead of Irma.

Overall, it is rare for an airport to close.

"If an airline knows that a big event is coming - the Super Bowl is in town - they will add flights", Kaplan said.

Hurricane Irma has yet to hit Florida, but price gouging is already underway, the state's attorney general told CNBC on Friday. "We're moving as much fuel through the system as fast as possible", Scott said, according to the Herald.

While the storm's precise trajectory remains uncertain, airlines preemptively cancelled flights in the likely affected regions and put in place travel waivers for customers to reschedule plans.

According to gas price watcher GasBuddy, the state's gas supply is starting to run out as residents rush to fill up their tanks. "People get angry about seeing there's one seat in all of Miami available for $3,000, but they don't get angry about seeing that everything is just sold out".