Irma's impact on Central Florida airports


The Aviation Authority is continuing to coordinate operations with airlines on the track of Irma. It is expected that a decision on any schedule reduction or changes may be made later on. 

The airport is preparing for Hurricane Irma, which is expected to be a powerful hurricane sitting over Central Florida sometime Sunday into Monday.  Tropical storm force winds will arrive sooner, according to forecasters. 

The Orlando website says passengers should check with their airline about specific flights.

Orlando Melbourne International Airport (MLB), in Melbourne, Florida will suspend commercial flights and close the terminal at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 9 due to Hurricane Irma.  

The airfield will remain open for private aircraft as long as weather conditions allow.  Two airside FBOs (fixed base operators) will open and close with the airfield.  For the most up-to-date airport information, follow MLB’s social media postings.

Orlando International Airport (MCO), in Orlando, Florida, previously posted a notice on its website that says OIA (airport code MCO) will cease commercial flights at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

However, they tweeted Thursday morning that the Orlando International Airport is operating with a normal schedule and that no official decision has been made to cease operations.

Due to current predictions for Hurricane Irma,  Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), in Sanford, Florida, expects the last commercial passenger flight to depart at 5:15 PM on Saturday, September 9. There will be no commercial passenger flight activity after that time until further notice. Commercial passenger flight operations will resume as soon as possible and will be announced accordingly.

Passengers departing or arriving at SFB should check with their airline directly for specific flight details before coming to the airport as it is possible for the Airport to be open; however, your specific flight’s schedule is modified. For airline contact information please see below or visit

Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB) will be closing on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m.  Delta will be operating Saturday, but has canceled their last two inbound flights. The last flight of the day will be Delta’s 3:15 p.m. departure. Flights on Sunday are cancelled. JetBlue will operate on Saturday, but has canceled for Sunday.  American will not be operating on Saturday or Sunday.

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