Here Are the 17 Airports Closed by Hurricane Dorian, And When They Expect to Reopen

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Hurricane Dorian is currently crawling away from Great Bahama Island in the Northern Bahamas, unleashing catastrophic winds and flooding. While the current forecast is that it will avoid landfall on Florida, tropical storm winds have already reached the Florida coast.

As the Category 3 hurricane sweeps north, it’s expected to bring a dangerous storm surge to the east coast of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

As the weather deteriorates on the Florida coast, thousands of flights have been cancelled already. Through 3 p.m. Monday, the airports hardest hit by cancellations (Saturday-Tuesday) are:

Airport Saturday (8/30) Sunday (9/1) Monday (9/2) Tuesday (9/3) Total
Fort Lauderdale (FLL) 13 44 543 133 733
Orlando (MCO) 37 148 267 240 692
Miami (MIA) 17 37 92 106 252
Palm Beach International (PBI) 0 11 89 47 147
Orlando Sanford Airport (SFB) 0 18 62 8 88
Jacksonville (JAX) 1 0 16 26 43

These cancellations are only going to get worse as the storm passes through and airports cease operation. According to media reports, the following airports have closed down or plan to close Monday evening:

As of the 8:00 a.m. ET Monday morning Federal Aviation Administration report, here are the Florida airports that have closed, and when they expect to reopen:

Airport City IATA Code Time Closed Scheduled Reopening
Orlando International Airport Orlando MCO Sep 3 2:00 AM Sep 4 5:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood
International Airport
Fort Lauderdale FLL Sep 2 12:00 PM Sep 3 4:00 PM
Palm Beach International Airport West Palm Beach PBI Sep 2 2:00 AM Sep 3 9:00 AM
Orlando Sanford International Airport Sanford SFB Sep 2 11:00 PM Sep 4 12:00 PM
Daytona Beach International Airport Daytona Beach DAB Sep 2 6:00 PM Sep 5 7:59 PM
Orlando Melbourne
International Airport
Melbourne MLB Sep 2 12:00 PM Sep 6 7:59 PM
Vero Beach Regional Airport Vero Beach VRB Sep 2 6:00 PM Sep 4 12:00 PM
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Fort Lauderdale FXE Sep 2 8:00 AM Sep 5 12:00 AM
Witham Field Stuart SUA Sep 1 10:00 PM Sep 5 7:00 AM
Orlando Executive Airport Orlando ORL Sep 2 10:00 PM Sep 5 7:00 AM
Kissimmee Gateway Airport Kissimmee ISM Sep 2 2:00 PM Sep 5 7:00 AM
Pompano Beach Airpark Pompano Beach PMP Sep 2 7:00 AM Sep 4 7:00 AM
Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport Jacksonville CRG Sep 2 11:00 PM Sep 5 6:00 AM

In addition, the FAA reports that the following Bahamas airports are closed. Based on the damage reports from the Bahamas, note that the reopening times and dates are likely not going to be realistic:

Airport City IATA Code Time Closed Scheduled Reopening
North Eleuthera Airport North Eleuthera, Bahamas ELH Aug 31
6:25 PM
Sep 3
5:45 AM
Leonard M. Thompson International Airport Marsh Harbour, Bahamas MHH Aug 31
3:00 PM
Sep 3
5:49 AM
Grand Bahama International Airport Freeport, The Bahamas FPO Aug 29
10:00 PM
Sep 3
6:00 AM
South Bimini Airport South Bimini, Bahamas BIM Aug 31
1:30 PM
Sep 3
12:00 PM

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