Travelers brace for delays as Florida braces for potential hurricane

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Anyone planning to fly out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport over the next couple days should keep a close eye on their flight status before they come.

Tropical Storm Hermine continues to strengthen off the coast of Florida, and may make landfall as a hurricane as early as Thursday afternoon. As that weather hits, travelers across the country could see quite a few cancellations and delays.

Several airlines have issued advisories and are offering waivers for passengers who are booked for flights to the areas that are likely going to be impacted by the storm.

Southwest Airlines issued an advisory this week offering customers a chance to reschedule flights if they had reservations to travel between Wednesday and the close of business on Saturday to or from the following airports: Ft. Myers (RSW), Jacksonville (JAX), Orlando (MCO), Panama City Beach (ECP), and Tampa (TPA).

Southwest offers direct flights from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to Ft. Myers, Orlando, and Tampa.

JetBlue also flies directly to Orlando from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. That airline has said customers will waive change/cancel fees and fare differences for Customers traveling on Thursday, September 1 through Saturday, September 3, 2016 to/from the following cities: Charleston, SC (CHS), Daytona Beach, FL (DAB), Fort Myers, FL (RSW), Jacksonville, FL (JAX), Orlando, FL (MCO), Sarasota, FL (SRQ), Savannah/Hilton Head, GA (SAV), and Tampa, FL (TPA)

Delta is also offering waivers for some passengers, allowing them to get refunds for cancelled flights or rebook for different days without having to pay the normal fee. This applies for customers flying in and out of the following airports: Brunswick, GA (BQK), Charleston, SC (CHS), Destin Ft. Walton Beach, FL (VPS), Gainesville, FL (GNV), Jacksonville, FL (JAX), Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), Panama City, FL (ECP), Pensacola, FL (PNS), Sarasota, FL (SRQ), Savannah, GA (SAV), Tallahassee, FL (TLH), Tampa, FL (TPA), Valdosta, GA (VLD), Wilmington, NC (ILM).

Delta only offers direct flights to Atlanta, NY-JFK, NY-LaGuardia, Detroit, and Minneapolis-St. Paul out of Buffalo Niagara International, but all passengers should be aware of the potential for a ripple effect of cancellations and delays.

Some passengers flying to Florida out of our area Thursday morning told News 4 they were going ahead with their original travel plans for now. Everyone we talked to said they were eager to get to Florida, and would be okay staying there longer should their flights home be affected by the weather.

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