Business airline flights resumed at Orlando Worldwide Airport and Tampa Worldwide Airport on Friday after Hurricane Ian compelled short-term airport shutdowns in additional than a dozen Florida cities alongside the harmful storm’s path.
The Better Orlando Aviation Authority urged passengers to test with their airways for any schedule adjustments, flight delays or cancellations because the airport doesn’t observe them.
The airport was scheduled to reopen at midday.
Tampa Worldwide mentioned in a web site assertion that it resumed operations on Friday after airport upkeep and operations workers inspected the airfield and services on Thursday, “and decided TPA didn’t maintain any critical harm through the storm.”
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The airport had closed on Tuesday.
In a single day and early Friday morning, the Tampa airport mentioned, workers reopened the FAA tower, airline ticket counters, TSA screening checkpoints, retailers and eating places and baggage processing areas.
Business planes that have been eliminated forward of the storm “additionally returned to start the primary departures and arrivals.”
“We really feel very fortunate to have come out on the opposite aspect of this largely unscathed and are wanting to restart operations after such a fraught and anxious week,” mentioned Joe Lopano, the Tampa airport CEO.
Close by St. Pete-Clearwater Worldwide Airport additionally reopened Friday after reporting “no important harm” from the storm, the airport’s web site mentioned. Terminal and parking services have been working “in coordination with TSA, airways, and tenants.”
The Sarasota Bradenton Worldwide Airport, which suffered roof harm to its terminal, reopened its airfield to airways and common aviation on Thursday night, though crews have been nonetheless making repairs.
Jacksonville Worldwide Airport, which closed on Thursday, reopened Friday with restricted meals providers and airways working diminished flight schedules.
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Southwest Florida Worldwide Airport, which serves Fort Myers and welcomed 10.3 million passengers final 12 months, is with out energy and stays out of service “besides to emergency personnel and humanitarian flights,” in line with its web site.
All buildings together with terminals, rental automotive operations and the airport plaza are closed and flights are canceled till energy is restored.
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“We’re working to evaluate harm to RSW’s services and property,” the airport mentioned in an 11:30 a.m. replace Friday.
The Naples Airport, a hub for emergency responders throughout hurricanes and tornadoes, reopened Friday morning beneath a “prior permission required” system till additional discover. It signifies that pilots ought to name for permission to land earlier than taking off from their originating airports.
As a consequence of storm harm to runway lighting and indicators, the airport is working solely from daybreak to nightfall, in line with the airport web site.
The airport is residence to flight faculties, air constitution operators, company aviation, automotive leases, and non-aviation companies.
13 Florida airports within the storm’s path had closed to industrial flights because the hurricane approached the state’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, in line with the Florida Division of Transportation. Many mentioned they might not reopen till officers carried out harm assessments.
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South Florida’s three main airports, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide, Palm Seaside Worldwide and Miami Worldwide, all remained open to flights and passengers through the storm regardless of a spate of flight delays, cancellations and repair suspensions.
Southwest Airways, the one main service that suspended service to the three airports, resumed flights to all three locations on Thursday.