Nearly 500 flights canceled at Orlando airports as Hurricane Nicole approaches

Flights also canceled at Melbourne, Sanford and Daytona airports

The soon-to-be completed South terminal at Orlando International Airport. (Orlando International Airport)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A total of 473 flights have been canceled after Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport stopped commercial and private operations at 4 p.m. on Wednesday due to approaching Hurricane Nicole.

The last flight to leave was British Airways flight, according to a press release sent by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

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Officials said they are finalizing hurricane preparations including sandbagging doors and tying down all boarding bridges. All non-essential personnel who are not part of the ride-out crew have been sent home.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority reminds travelers that their airports are not shelters and it will continue to monitor the storm and provide updates as they are warranted.

As flights at all of Central Florida’s airports have been canceled, airport officials are encouraging passengers to contact their airlines directly for updated flight information.

As then Tropical Storm Nicole edged closer to Florida on Tuesday, the Orlando Sanford International Airport announced the storm forced it to suspend operations on Wednesday.

Melbourne Orlando International Airport announced it would be closing Wednesday and hopes “to resume normal operations as quickly as possible.”

Daytona Beach International Airport also announced it would close on Wednesday and said it planned to reopen on Friday, Nov. 11.

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