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UPDATED: Delta cancels more flights due to Hurricane Matthew

Delta Air Lines said coastal airports in Georgia and South Carolina will remain closed until Sunday morning, leading to flight cancellations through Saturday.

Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport's terminal will remain closed from Friday through Sunday at 8 a.m., according to a notice on its website.

Atlanta-based Delta canceled about 200 flights Friday due to Hurricane Matthew, affecting service to Brunswick and Savannah, as well as flights to Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Gainesville and Jacksonville in Florida.

The carrier is also canceling about 80 flights scheduled for Saturday, mainly in northeast Florida and the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

Hartsfield-Jackson International spokeman Reese McCranie said the airport is not seeing any stranded passengers at the Atlanta airport. "People are heeding [airlines'] warnings and checking with their airlines before heading to the airport," McCranie said.

Delta said it had resumed flights at Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach airports Friday morning, though flights at Fort Lauderdale were delayed due to "facility constraints."

Palm Beach County's tourism marketing firm late Friday issued a statement saying the Palm Beaches "were fortunate to experience no significant damage or incidents," and that the tourism industry is "back to business."

Orlando International Airport expects flights to resume at 8 a.m. Saturday, when an incoming Delta flight is scheduled. Jacksonville's airport is also expected to re-open Saturday morning. That's also likely for Melbourne Airport, according to Delta.

Southwest Airlines, the second-largest carrier at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, is canceling about 130 flights Friday and 95 flights Saturday across its route network due to Hurricane Matthew.

Dallas-based Southwest has canceled all of its flights in Fort Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Nassau and West Palm Beach for Friday, and said some delays and cancellations are possible for Charleston.

Delta and Southwest are waiving certain change fees for travelers who have flights booked to affected areas and want to change their plans.

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