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    In preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac’s impact on Florida, airlines will offer free changes or refunds to passengers flying to, from or within South Florida over the weekend and early into the week, according to a notice posted on, a website that tracks flight activity for both private and commercial air traffic in the United States. Airlines have begun canceling flights scheduled for Sunday, with most operations in South Florida cancelled after 12:00 p.m. EDT.
    There have already been 654 flight cancellations within the United States in preparation for Isaac. Miami is the most affected, with two large airports (Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport) seeing 573 cancellations between the two airports. Tampa, home of the 2012 GOP convention, has only had 24 cancellations on Sunday and four cancellations on Monday.
    American Airlines has a hub in Miami and is the most affected by the storm; American and American Eagle have cancelled 478 flights on Sunday.
    Key West airports (Key West International Airport and The Florida Keys Marathon Airport) are closing at 7:50 p.m. on Sunday. ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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    Florida airports reopen after Tropical Storm Isaac; attention New Orlean

    Florida airports reopen after Tropical Storm Isaac; attention shifts to Panhandle, New Orleans

    NEW YORK - South Florida airports were returning to normal operations Monday morning but airlines are already warning of cancellations in and around New Orleans as Tropical Storm Isaac nears.

    Airlines cancelled more than 230 flights on Monday, according to flight-tracking service FlightAware. The vast majority of cancellations stemmed from the storm, which is expected to grow to a Category 1 hurricane and hit land late Tuesday night.

    American Airlines, part of AMR Corp., runs a major hub at Miami International Airport and was affected the most. The airline had 148 cancellations in Florida Monday morning but expected to operate normally by late morning, according to spokesman Ed Martelle.

    Airlines typically move planes out of a storm's path to protect them and ensure a faster return to service.

    Airlines cancelled 857 flights on Sunday — including 489 from American, according to FlightAware.

    Other Florida airports, including Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Key West, and Marathon were responsible for the majority of other cancellations.

    Key West International Airport, which originally expected to remain closed until Tuesday, will now reopen at noon Monday, according to airport director Peter Horton.

    Airlines are now closely watching the storm and warning of possible cancellations along the Florida panhandle and in New Orleans.

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        New Orleans airport abruptly halts flights as Isaac nears

        -- Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

        There will be no more airline flights to or from New Orleans until Tropical Storm Isaac passes.

        Flights at other airports along the northern Gulf Coast are also feeling the pinch of the storm, which was forecast to make landfall late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

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        The biggest flight disruption comes at the busy Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, which says all airlines flying to the city "will cease operation at the end of their schedule (Monday). There are no flights scheduled for Tuesday, August 28."

        The airport also warned that it "is not an evacuation shelter and people will not be allowed to stay in the terminal during the storm."

        It was unclear whether the decision to halt flights was a decision made by the airports or by the airlines.

        Louis Armstrong New Orleans International executive director Iftikhar Ahmad said at a Monday news conference that director that airlines "will run today but are cancelling tomorrow."

        However, AP writes "he did not respond to a request for clarification about who made the final call to cancel flights."

        A comment from American Airlines suggests that the airport made the call.

        "We could have kept flying for a big chunk of Tuesday, but you can't land at a closed airport," AA spokesman Ed Martelle says in an email to AP.

        To the east, all flights at Mississippi's Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) will be suspended as of 11 a.m. local time (noon ET).

        Clay Williams, GPT's executive director, tells The Associated Press that the airport will likely remain closed on Wednesday as well before flights resume on Thursday.

        Cancellations are also being reported at other airports along the northern Gulf Coast, including at Pensacola, Fla., and Mobile, Ala.

        Already, more than 1,300 cancellations attributed to Isaac have been reported in Florida. That number could approach 2,000 once the New Orleans and northern Gulf Coast disruptions are added to the tally. ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt


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          Louisiana airports flooded by Isaac

          Lakefront Airport in New Orleans flooded Wednesday as the city closed off a valve that controls airport drainage to protect nearby homes and businesses. Photo courtesy Ankur Hukmani.

          Lakefront Airport in New Orleans remained under water Aug. 31, with several aircraft believed damaged and the city holding off on draining the water.

          Ankur Hukmani, owner of Flight Academy of New Orleans, one of several business located at the airport, said the city had not responded to pleas to open a valve that would allow the water covering much of the field to drain back into Lake Pontchartrain. Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall Aug. 28 as a Category 1 storm, lingered much longer expected, dumping two feet of rain or more in some areas. The airport is located just outside of the levee system that protects New Orleans, and drains its water into a canal inside the levee line. As with Hurricane Georges in 1998, the city opted to cut off drainage from the lakefront airport, causing water to rise around hangars and cover the runways. Hukmani said the city could have acted sooner to release the water as the storm moved north.


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