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Delta cancels 800 flights due to Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 00:59

Delta Air Lines cancels about 800 flights on Monday as it braces for Tropical Storm Irma at its Atlanta hub. Fred Katayama reports.

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Delta canceled about 800 flights in or out of Atlanta on Monday. The cancellation is due to the Tropical Storm Irma. It's bearing down on Atlanta, Georgia. The number two U.S. airline said it's bringing strong crosswinds that could make landing dangerous. Travel industry analyst Henry Harteveld. (SOUNDBITE) HENRY HARTEVELDT, TRAVEL INDUSTRY ANALYST AND ADVISOR, ATMOSPHERE RESEARCH GROUP (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's a standard procedure. When the winds get above a certain speed, and it will vary for the airport in that type of airplane, it becomes unsafe to operate. So, the airports will close, and the airlines won't fly there. It's a common sense decision." Atlanta is Delta's main traffic hub. The airline's headquarters are also based in the city. At the same time, Delta is working on resuming service to airports in Florida that got hit by Irma. Its bigger rival - American Airlines - said on Sunday it would not resume commercial flights to Miami on Monday but may operate flights to bring in staff and supplies.

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Delta cancels 800 flights due to Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 00:59