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Orlando International Airport reopening after Hurricane Matthew

Southwest will not resume flights until Sunday, other airlines resume Saturday

ORLANDO, Fla. – Airports in Central Florida are getting back to normal after halting flights because of Hurricane Matthew.

Orlando International Airport shut down commercial operations Thursday night, but flights will resume at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Southwest Airlines had pre-canceled all flights out OIA because they thought the storm would be much worse. 

Southwest will not resume operations until Sunday morning. 

If you are flying Southwest, you are asked to call the airline and rebook your flight.

All other airlines at OIA have resumed

Meanwhile, the last flight out of Orlando Melbourne International Airport was Delta Flight #2213 at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, according to Airport Executive Director Greg Donovan. There were no flights in or out of Melbourne on Thursday or Friday.

"Due to current predictions for Hurricane Matthew, Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) will cease domestic commercial flights at 10 a.m. Thursday," the airport said. "International commercial flights will cease at 6:30 p.m. Thursday."

Flights will resume Saturday in Sanford.

"Passengers should not come to the airport until commercial flight operations resume," officials said. "The airport is not a shelter."

The airport said commercial flights will resume as soon as possible.

"Passengers should check the airlines’ websites for specific flight details," officials said.

Frontier offers itinerary change

Due to the expected impact from Hurricane Matthew along the eastern seaboard of Florida, Frontier has enacted guidelines for customers scheduled to travel between Wednesday and Saturday to, from or through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and St. Augustine.

"Customers scheduled to travel between Wednesday and Saturday who purchased tickets on or before Tuesday, October 4, 2016, may make one itinerary change," the airline said.

Rules and restrictions regarding standard change fees, advance purchase, day or time applications, blackouts, and minimum or maximum stay requirements will be waived, according to the airline.

Travel must be completed by Saturday, October 29, 2016.  Origin and destination cities may be altered. 

Customers whose flights are canceled may request a refund, the airline said.

Amtrak suspends service to Florida's East Coast

Amtrak suspended train service on Thursday to destinations in Florida impacted with severe weather from Hurricane Matthew, including Sanford and Miami stops.

Service will resume on Saturday, Oct. 8. Passengers can find more information at Amtrak.com.

Tolls Suspended in Central Florida

All tolls are suspended for Hurricane Matthew, according to the Central Florida Expressway Authority.  The toll roads include State Roads 528, 429, 451, 417, 408 and 414.

LYNX and ACCESS LYNX vehicles to be off the road by 8 p.m.

The last LYNX buses will depart at 5 p.m. Thursday to allow for passengers to complete their trips, according to a statement released by the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

All LYNX vehicles will be off the road by 8 p.m. and there will be no service on Friday. Trips could resume on Saturday after the storm passes. Updates will be posted to golynx.com.

SunRail suspends service

SunRail commuter rail service will be suspended starting Thursday afternoon because of Hurricane Matthew, according to the Florida Department of Transportation, or FDOT.

Officials said SunRail will resume normal operations Monday.

"The last southbound train (P317) departs DeBary at noon Thursday, and the last northbound train (P318) departs Sand Lake at 1:15 p.m. This will allow staff time to prepare for the impending storm," officials said in a news release.

Authorities said hurricane preparations include:

  • securing gates at more than 130 grade crossings, including removal of longer gates
  • demobilizing, inspecting and storing train sets
  • securing equipment

"After the storm and when conditions stabilize, a complete inspection of the corridor is necessary to assess the storm’s impact and to prepare the corridor to reinstate rail service," officials said.

A special-event schedule was supposed to begin Saturday, but FDOT officials said the storm will delay the service.

"We will continue to work with our partners to identify the next opportunity to offer SunRail service on Saturday," officials said.

Votran suspends service in Volusia

Volusia County transportation system, Votran suspended service at 5 p.m. on Thursday and will resume when the weather permits.


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