According to meteorologists, Hurricane Irma is expected to make landfall on Saturday night bringing with it gusts of winds with speeds of up to 127 miles per hour.
"Now I'm being told that my luggage is in Jamaica on the same flight that I was supposed to be on", said Dawson.
Virgin Atlantic plans to operate several more rescue flights from Orlando "as soon as it is safe to do so".
"I wish everybody in Miami a lot of luck with this catastrophic [storm]", she added.
American, Southwest and other USA carriers have put waivers in place allowing customers at dozens of airports in Irma's path to reschedule their travel without paying change fees and, in some cases, the fare difference. Chin added, "Other airlines at MIA are expected to take similar steps, so passengers are urged to contact their individual airlines regarding their flight status before coming to the airport".
Air Canada announced on Friday that they had canceled all flights to and from Florida beginning Saturday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 11. Orlando International Airport's final flight is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Saturday and Tampa's is closed to commercial flights as of 8:00 p.m.
A flight to West Palm Thursday morning saw a 90-minute delay. "It wasn't as full as it was scheduled to be, likely because some folks opted not to go", said Strebing. The airline said the storm would cost it $400 million in revenue this quarter. "We have absolutely not been raising prices", a spokesperson told International Business Times Wednesday.
A majority of airlines have made a decision to waive change fees associated with cancellations for Hurricane Irma.
That's probably what a lot of folks are thinking as they travel so far from home to escape the storm, things can be replaced, lives cannot.
"We are sending our thoughts to all South Florida residents during this time of uncertainty", he added.
Other experts say the jobs lost to storm damage are expected to, eventually, be off-set by workers needed to rebuild homes and businesses. In fact, if anything, customers are more responsive to what you do or don't do, because they're emotional.
"Areas like St. Martin and St. Barts just won't be fit to be around". It also said it was capping pre-tax airfare at $99 for flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday September 10 for travel until September 13. We're kind of in the center of the hurricane track.
For those looking for a tropical vacation without the risk of hurricanes, Phillips recommended the southern Caribbean.