Travel Industry Reacts To Hurricane Matthew
IMAGE: Hurricane Matthew image that has gone viral. (Image courtesy Twitter/Fox59)
As with so many who live and work in the American southeast, the travel industry was busy bracing for the onslaught of Hurricane Matthew this week.
Airlines and weather pundits alike were doling out advice and updates on the powerful storm that hit Haiti and now takes aim at portions of Florida. As TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli reported, the hurricane will have very real and concerning implications across travel in the region, and its promise of hitting American shores has already had an effect on the cruise and theme park industry.
What we have for you here is a brief snapshot from social media that encompasses travel’s reaction to an impending storm that aims to rock the coast this week.
Airlines immediate reaction was to inform what is sure to be a mass of concerned travelers. Waivers and information on affected cities feature in the following tweets.
We’ve issued a travel waiver due to the forecasted path of Hurricane Matthew. More here: https://t.co/y07rU1lkbG— Delta (@Delta) October 5, 2016
As of this writing, United, JetBlue and Virgin America were among those who had not yet tweeted out information.
Airports in the area went to social media to inform travelers of how each would prepare for the massive storm.
MIA is open.We continue to monitor #HurricaneMatthew. Before coming to the airport,please check with your airline about your flight’s status— Miami Int'l Airport (@iflymia) October 4, 2016
READ MORE: Can Haiti's Tourism Survive Matthew?
Charleston International Airport is particularly helpful with a trove of tweets, including:
#CHSstormupdate:The best source for cancellations/rebooking of arriving/departing flights is your airline. Contact them directly for info.— CharlestonSC Airport (@iflyCHS) October 4, 2016
Weather And Updates:
As has been echoed above, please make sure you are checking in with your airline prior to departing for the airport as there are bound to be delays over the remainder of the week and well into the weekend.
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