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Flying between Minneapolis and Florida? Hurricane Dorian likely to create problems

Hurricane Dorian will likely be a major hurricane when it makes landfall in Florida.

As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and targets Florida's eastern coastline, flights to destinations in Florida out of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are likely to be impacted in the coming days.

As of Friday afternoon, little to no impacts from MSP to Florida airports are being felt. 

"We aren’t seeing any delays or cancelations at MSP so far on our flight boards for flights to Florida," said MSP communications manager Melissa Scovronski. "But that doesn’t mean airlines aren’t making changes to their flight schedules."

Hurricane Dorian, as seen on satellite Friday afternoon as it moves west-northwest near the Bahamas. 

Hurricane Dorian, as seen on satellite Friday afternoon as it moves west-northwest near the Bahamas. 

Here's what you need to know if you're flying any of the following airlines out between MSP and airports in Florida. 

United

Hurricane Dorian falls into United's severe weather program that allows the issuance of travel waivers to change to alternate flights without paying a fee. Flights to, from or connecting to any of the following Florida airports are currently in place through Sept. 4. 

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
  • Ft. Myers, FL (RSW)
  • Jacksonville, FL (JAX)
  • Key West, FL (EYW)
  • Miami, FL (MIA)
  • Nassau, BS (NAS)
  • Orlando, FL (MCO)
  • Sarasota, FL (SRQ)
  • Tampa, FL (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)​

Get full details on the waiver program here.

American

Similar to United's fee-waiving program, American is currently offering the same. If you're traveling to, from or connecting at any of the following airports through Sept. 4, you can change your flight without paying a fee (through Sept. 11). 

  • Daytona Beach, Florida (DAB)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
  • Gainesville, Florida (GNV)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)
  • Key West, Florida (EYW)
  • Melbourne, Florida (MLB)
  • Miami, Florida (MIA)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • Sarasota / Bradenton, Florida (SRQ)
  • Tallahassee, Florida (TLH)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)

Tickets must have been purchased by Aug. 29 with travel scheduled between Aug. 29 and Sept. 11 to qualify for the fee waiver. 

In the event that you can't reschedule your trip, you can cancel it and apply the value toward a new ticket within one year of the date the ticket was purchased. Normal fare rules apply in these cases. 

Full details here

Southwest

Customers flying to/from/through any of the below Florida locations can expect possible delays or cancellations between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5. 

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL)
  • Fort Myers, Florida (RSW)
  • Jacksonville, Florida (JAX)
  • Orlando, Florida (MCO)
  • Tampa, Florida (TPA)
  • West Palm Beach, Florida (PBI)

Anyone with tickets to/from/through those airports Aug. 31 to Sept. 5 can rebook or travel standby within two weeks of the original flight date. 

Full details here

Sun Country

Anyone flying to Florida is encouraged to check flight statuses frequently as the hurricane may create delays or cancellations. Anyone who bought tickets to/from Orlando and Fort Myers can rebook to another flight one time without addition fees if: 

  • Original tickets were purchased prior to Aug. 28
  • Travel was originally for Sept. 1-4
  • New travel commences by Sept. 10
  • Space is available within the same cabin as the original ticket

Tickets that are rebooked must depart from the originally scheduled airport and land in the same destination as originally planned. 

If you have to cancel a flight within the dates listed above, you'll get a credit from Sun Country that's good for one year. 

Full details here

Delta

Delta will allow customers traveling Sept. 1-4 to/from/through any of the following southeastern U.S. cities to make a one-time change to their travel itinerary without being charged

  • Brunswick, Ga. (BQK)
  • Daytona Beach, Fla. (DAB)
  • Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FLL) 
  • Gainesville, Fla. (GNV)
  • Jacksonville, Fla. (JAX)
  • Melbourne, Fla. (MLB)
  • Miami, Fla. (MIA)
  • Orlando, Fla. (MCO)
  • Valdosta, Ga. (VLD)
  • West Palm Beach, Fla. (PBI)
  • Fort Myers, Fla. (RSW)
  • Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla. (SRQ)
  • Tallahassee, Fla. (TLH)
  • Tampa, Fla. (TPA).

Full details here

According to forecasters, Dorian could continue to impact the East Coast of the U.S., namely Georgia and the Carolinas, through the middle of next week. That would undoubtedly cause more travel issues to other destinations from MSP. 

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