Miami – Many airlines across the country continue to monitor winter storm Elliott, which is expected to affect airports in the Midwest, Northeast, and East Coast of the United States this week.
More than 4 million passengers are expected to pass through Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports over the next two weeks, and some airlines around the country have already reported cancellations and delays due to the storm.
According to the American Automobile Association, “air travel is expected to increase 14% from last year, with about 7.2 million Americans expected to fly.”
Miami International Airport spokesman Jacques Barrera told Local 10 News Roy Ramos that the airport’s staffing has also increased.
“This is a significant increase in passenger numbers, with increased security for passengers, increased TSA agents, customs agents and personnel here at the airport.
Storms are also affecting coast-to-coast driving conditions, and drivers can barely see their feet in front of them.
Parts of the country are reporting temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius in Wyoming, which could be the coldest temperature in 40 years.
“This is just the beginning. It’s going to be hard,” said the traveler.
Melanie Fish, an Expedia employee, advises customers to stay up-to-date “using the app or website where you booked your trip.”
Airports in South Florida are already feeling the effects.
MIA told Local 10 News on Thursday that it had four arrivals canceled and four departures canceled due to Winter Storm Elliott.
Travelers like Ashley Arcement say American Airlines is friendly when it comes to flight transfers.
“I’ve moved it before — it was a 430 and they were American and great and moved me at 2 so hopefully I can get there,” she said. Told.
The cities most affected are Chicago, Seattle, and Toronto.
Elliott is also expected to bring strong winds and potential flash freezes to parts of the Midwest, East and South.
FLL told Local 10 News it expects about 90 delays in departures and arrivals.
MIA traveler Erin Robbins said, “Some were canceled and some were delayed, but not ours and it still seemed to be in time.
Experts advise customers to arrive two hours early for domestic flights and three hours early for international flights, but as Christmas approaches, many people plan ahead and try to get there as soon as possible. I am saying to
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