Airlines Issue Waivers as Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall

by Daniel McCarthy
Airlines Issue Waivers as Tropical Storm Gordon Makes Landfall

Depite Tropical Storm Gordon bringing heavy rain and winds to the Alabama-Mississippi border on Tuesday night, there are no major airport delays or cancellations. Photo: Shutterstock.com.


Tropical Storm Gordon brought winds of up to 70 miles per hour to the Alabama-Mississippi border on Tuesday night, but weakened to a tropical depression by the time it reached central Mississippi on Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The majority of flights in airports in that area went unaffected, though there was some impact in airports near the Gulf Coast and inland. According to FlightAware, there are some delays in Atlanta on Wednesday morning, along with about a dozen flights at Mobile Regional Airport, Gulfport-Biloxi Airport in Mississippi, and Pensacola International Airport.

Despite the downgrade, airlines have been issuing travel waivers in anticipation of Gordon’s arrival.

Southwest Airlines is allowing for changes to tickets for travel to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Pensacola International Airport, and Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. Travelers with those tickets can rebook in the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of the original ticket date without charge.

American Airlines is offering similar waivers to or from a number of Gulf cities including those same airports along with Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Mobile Regional, Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport, Lafayette Regional Airport, and Gulfport-Biloxi. The change fee can be waived if the ticket was bought before Sept. 3 and is scheduled before Sept. 5.

United Airlines’ waiver includes all those same airports, along with Alexandria International Airport, Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International, Lake Charles Regional Airport, Monroe Regional Airport, and Shreveport Regional. United’s waiver runs through Sept. 9.

Delta will also allow for changes on tickets for travel on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5, as long as travel is rebooked in the same cabin on or before Sept. 9.

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