Hurricane Dorian has Florida in its sights; airlines, cruise lines make contingency plans

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Friday, August 30, 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group

TORONTO — Transat is waiving change fees for flights to Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando and WestJet has extended its rebooking window for four Florida destinations as Hurricane Dorian churns towards Florida, potentially as a Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall.

Cruise lines are keeping an eye on Dorian as well, with updates from Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL and more.

The latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center has the Category 2 storm strengthening into a ‘potentially catastrophic’ Category 4 with winds of almost 225 kph, making landfall along the U.S. southeast coast on Tuesday.

While the projected track shows the storm hitting near West Palm Beach, the ‘cone of uncertainty’ of Dorian’s potential path covers nearly all of Florida’s 800-kilometre coastline, with Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando all within the danger zone.

Yesterday afternoon Transat said its air and cruise operations, as well as cruise operations, are still proceeding on schedule, but the company is monitoring the situation.

Transat passengers with tickets for flights to Fort Lauderdale or Orlando, booked before Aug. 27 and operating Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 inclusive, can take advantage of Transat’s flexible rebooking policy. Passengers on impacted flights can change their date and/or destination for trips completed by Oct. 31.

WestJet has extended its travel window for its flexible rebooking policy, for travel up to Sept. 3 for Nassau as well as Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers and Tampa.

As of 3 p.m. on Aug. 30 Air Canada had not added any Florida destinations to its Travel Alerts list.


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