The US government is offering travelers a refund for their flights after Hurricane Florentine caused widespread flooding and disrupted travel across the US.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Wednesday it is waiving travel restrictions for travelers in coastal areas and for some airlines.
The travel advisory includes the United Airlines flight from New York to Boston, which was delayed for more than an hour on Wednesday after a storm surge in the East Coast inundated the aircraft and flooded several landing and terminal facilities.US airlines were already operating on a limited basis through Thursday, when the Federal Aviation Authority lifted its travel restrictions.
Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta said that airlines should not expect the same level of delays, and he urged airlines to take steps to prevent future travel disruptions.
Airlines are trying to stay open, but are still experiencing a few delays and disruptions, he said.
He said that’s why the FAA is waivng travel restrictions so that airlines have time to adjust to a situation that may not have been anticipated, and to re-evaluate how to mitigate those delays and reduce disruptions.
We’re trying to be as efficient as possible, so if there’s a situation like this, we’re not going to go into a crisis mode, he told reporters at a news conference.
But we are going to do what we can to help airlines prepare for what they are going through, he added.
The US government, including the White House, issued a travel warning for areas hit by the storm, including Florida, the Carolinas, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued travel advisories in New York, Florida, Texas, Georgia and other states.
The FAA said on Twitter that travelers who want to go back to their home states should not consider canceling their flights because of the storm.
Travelers who can fly should consider flying out of those states as soon as possible.
If you have questions about travel to your home state, check with your airline, the FAA said.FEMA is urging people to consider postponing flights if they are not able to fly to their destination in time.
They should also consider cancelling flights if their flights were delayed because of Hurricane Florence.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael H. Huertas talks during a news briefing at the Whitehouse in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 26, 2018.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued travel warnings for parts of the South, including Louisiana, Texas and Florida.
The agency said people should avoid travel to those areas because of high storm surge, low visibility and potential for flooding.
The agency also issued an advisory for people to stay home from Florida, Georgia or North Carolina.
The federal government said that travelers should consider cancels if they can’t fly.
If they can, they should not return to their country of origin and consider alternative travel routes, the agency said.
Hertas said the agency was working to provide additional guidance and information to help people prepare for possible disruptions to travel and business as usual in the affected areas.
The FEMA chief warned that the weather may not return for a few days and urged people to use common sense and make sure they have the information they need to plan their travel plans.
The White House said the Federal government is working with the federal and state governments to provide support to communities affected by Hurricane Florence as well as the communities and businesses that have suffered a direct economic impact from this storm.
“The storm is now moving along and we anticipate that it will impact all aspects of the economy, including manufacturing, construction, and tourism,” the White President’s Office said in a statement.
“FEMA and our partners are providing assistance to businesses, government, businesses and the private sector.
We will continue to work closely with state and local governments to coordinate recovery efforts and get people back to work as quickly as possible.”