US airlines have had to cancel more than 1,000 flights ahead of Hurricane Florence which is set to hit the East Coast today with 100mph winds expected.
Airlines have made the move as the Category 2 hurricane is set to sweep over the Carolinas and Virginia and have also waived date-change, baggage and pet fees.
Operations have also been suspended at a dozen airports in the region with the likes of Charleston International Airport closing.
American Airlines cancelled more than 800 flights in and out of the region through to Sunday, but said it did not expect the storm to cause it to cancel flights in its Charlotte hub.
American, Delta Air Lines, Jet Blue Airways and United Airlines said they have also capped some airfares at levels below what last-minute tickets would cost.
Delta is reportedly also monitoring the storm closely as it is expected to move west and it could affect its hub in Atlanta.
United Airlines said: “United Airlines is continuing to monitor Hurricane Florence, which is predicted to make landfall in the southern part of North Carolina and cause extensive damage that will impact communities throughout the region. In preparation, United has plans underway to ensure our customers, employees and facilities are safe.”
Southwest Airlines stopped flying out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport yesterday and will through at least until Friday night.
Southwest said: “Southwest suspended operations midday Tuesday at Charleston International Airport (CHS) and has cancelled all flights in and out of the airport through early Saturday morning.
“At Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT), Southwest suspended operations as of midday Thursday and cancelled all flights in and out of the airport through early Saturday morning.
“At Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), Southwest suspended operations Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday morning.
“At Norfolk International Airport (ORF), Southwest suspended operations Thursday, Friday, and early Saturday morning.
“At Richmond International Airport (RIC), Southwest suspended operations beginning midday Thursday through early Saturday morning.”
The airline said proactive cancelations are not currently expected for three airports Southwest serves in greater Washington, DC—Baltimore/Washington, Reagan National and Washington Dulles.
Southwest said a total 264 flights have been proactively canceled this week (through Saturday morning) attributable to Florence.