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Delta cancels more than 400 flights due to Hurricane Matthew

Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 400 flights due to Hurricane Matthew.

The airline said it is shutting down its operations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on Thursday, canceling about 130 flights.

The Fort Lauderdale airport closed at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and the Miami and Palm Beach airports warned passengers that the facilities are not hurricane shelters.

Atlanta-based Delta also canceled about 240 flights scheduled for Friday to and from Melbourne, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Gainesville and Jacksonville.

And about 45 more cancellations were planned for Saturday for flights to coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson, said it is canceling about 60 flights Thursday and 130 flights Friday across its route network. It has canceled all of its flights at Nassau and West Palm Beach for Thursday and Friday, as well as all flights at Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville and Orlando for Friday.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is “monitoring the storm very closely,” said spokesman Reese McCranie, but is not expecting any major operational impacts to the Atlanta airport.

Still, passengers should check their flight status with their airlines to make sure their flights are still scheduled, he said.

Flights into Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach were expected to resume Friday morning.

Delta also canceled its flights at Nassau and Georgetown in the Bahamas for Wednesday and Thursday.

Flights to Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos resumed Wednesday, with an extra flight to Port-au-Prince for passengers whose travel was disrupted by the hurricane, according to Delta.

Delta and Southwest are both waiving certain change fees for customers with flights scheduled to affect areas who want to change their travel plans.

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