×

Time is almost up to catch a flight out of Florida as airlines plan to halt operations Friday

  • Airlines will suspend flights to and from Florida on Friday
  • Several airports will close; Miami International Airport to remain open
  • Storm expected to strike in Atlanta area on Tuesday morning
Airlines cancel flights ahead of Hurricane Irma.
Getty Images
Airlines cancel flights ahead of Hurricane Irma.

The race to catch a flight out of Florida ahead of Hurricane Irma is grinding to a close.

Airports in Florida are closing and airlines are halting operations on Friday as the storm approaches the state.

More than 3,100 flights have been cancelled into and out of Florida's four largest airports from Friday through Sunday, according to plane-tracker Flight Aware. Some 4,600 flights have been cancelled so far due to the storm.

Airlines have been offering change- and cancellation-fee waivers to passengers in the storm and have capped fares of the scarce seats left on flights after customers complained of sky-high prices as they tried to escape the hurricane. Delta Air Lines said it would allow pets to travel in the cabin for free.

Airlines have added flights to scoop up more passengers ahead of the Category 4 hurricane, which is expected to make landfall in Florida on Sunday.

Miami International Airport, a hub airport of American Airlines, will remain open but a spokesman warns that Florida's largest airport is not a designated shelter. Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport will be closed Saturday and Sunday. Tampa International Airport said it will cease operations at 8 p.m. EDT.

Travel woes won't end when Irma leaves Florida. The National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration expects the storm to weaken to a tropical depression but strike in the Atlanta area, home to Delta Air Lines hub and the world's busiest airport, on Tuesday.

Officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said the airport will make sure at least one food and beverage concession stand will remain open 24 hours a day in each concourse and that the airport is preparing kits including combs and toothbrushes for stranded passengers.

WATCH: Irma disrupting airline operations