Hurricane Matthew cancels flights at Bradley, thousands across the country

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Friday’s weather in Connecticut is picture perfect. Down in Florida it’s a much different story. Airlines have canceled more than 3,500 flights across the country because of Hurricane Matthew. That left the majority of flights between Bradley Airport and the Sunshine State canceled throughout much of the day. Bad news for travelers since the majority of flights out of Bradley travel to Florida.

American Airlines, Southwest and JetBlue canceling flights to: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. Pat McCusker of North Haven is traveling to Los Angeles. She got to the airport extra early just in case.

“Well I just wasn’t sure if there was going to be a lot of cancellations and craziness with what’s going on down south,” said McCusker.

Related: Hurricane Matthew Threatening Land and Lives in Southeastern US

News 8 spoke with another passenger who came to Connecticut for business. He was able to fly home to Florida’s west coast Friday morning. Flights to that part of the state were unaffected by the storm.

“Well, when I saw the hurricane switched to the east a little more I felt a lot better,” he said. “I was breathing a little easier.”

Bob Saloys usually travels to Florida this time of year with his wife. As luck would have it, they decided to go to Chicago instead to meet up with family.

“I got a feeling if we were going to Florida we’d be staying home,” said Saloys.

Flights are gradually resuming at Miami International and in Fort Lauderdale. Other airports expected to re-open once the worst of the storm moves out of the area. Keep in mind it may take the airlines a few days to get things back up and running on a normal schedule. If you are traveling today or through the weekend call your airline ahead of time.


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