Hurricane Idalia grounds dozens of local flights, halts some sea port activity

Source: The Business Journal
Date: 30th August 2023

Hurricane Idalia’s impacts on Florida’s west coast are affecting transportation operations at Central Florida airports and the state’s east coast sea port.

As of 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 30, there have been 110 cancelled flights through both Orlando International Airport (102 cancelled flights and 234 delayed flights) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (eight cancelled flights and no delays), according to, a flight tracking site.

The largest cancellations are from Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) and Frontier Airlines (Nasdaq: ULCC) with 52 and 22 flights cancelled, respectively.

However, both airports remain open and operational.

In addition, Port Canaveral, Central Florida’s sea hub, currently shows it is under “Port Condition Zulu [which] indicates that sustained gale force winds (39-54 mph/34-47 knots) are predicted within 12 hours,” according to its website.

As such, the port’s website lists that its waterways are closed and all waterside and vessel shoreside port operations have ceased until further notice. The port’s landside operations — including cargo facilities, commercial establishments, restaurants and other businesses — are open and operating.

The storm already has caused interruptions to many other transportation operations including:

  • Brightline delays the start of Orlando passenger train service again
  • Hurricane Idalia prompts school, and transit closures in Orlando

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