Key West airport to shut down as Hurricane Irma advances toward Florida

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Key West airport to shut down as Hurricane Irma advances toward Florida

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While AAA on Tuesday recommended travel tips for anyone who may be affected by Hurricane Irma, government officials in Key West, Fla., announced that Key West International Airport will close Wednesday night.

Government officials, in a Facebook post this afternoon, said the airport will close after the last flight -- Delta Flight 567 departing for Atlanta at 5:50 p.m. -- because TSA's security checkpoint is stopping its screening of airline passengers.

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All commercial flights at KWI Airport will be canceled from Thursday morning until further notice, government officials said in the Facebook post. General aviation will continue at KWI Airport until conditions become unsafe to operate.

The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport also will remain open for general aviation until conditions become unsafe to operate, those officials said.

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Hurricane Irma, now one of the strongest storms ever in the Atlantic Basin, continues to move west with maximum sustained winds at 185 mph and gusts over 220 mph. Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell discusses the latest projected path of this potentially catastrophic storm.

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International general aviation will end Wednesday afternoon at both Key West and Marathon airports when U.S. Customs and Border Protection ceases operations.

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AAA officials said they are anticipating airline delays and cancellations as the storm bears down on the Caribbean, Florida and the southern U.S.

To that end, AAA is recommending the following preparation tips for those who may be affected by Hurricane Irma:

  • Check with your travel agent and travel providers for cancellation policies, itinerary changes.
  • Monitor weather conditions regularly, at your departure city and destination.
  • Check flight status before leaving for the airport.
  • Consider signing up for text or mobile app alerts from your airline for flight information.
  • When flying, bring essentials in your carry-on bag in case travel schedules change.
  • Check with your hotel for local updates on potential weather impacts.
  • Consider buying travel insurance before a trip in the event of severe weather.

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