Airlines cancel Florida flights ahead of storm.

USA TODAY

Published 1:54 PM EDT Oct 9, 2018

Airlines have begun canceling flights in the Florida Panhandle ahead of Hurricane Michael so passengers and crew members aren't stranded.

The hardest hit airport so far: Northwest Florida Beaches Airport in Panama City, Florida, where 17 flights to and from the airport have been canceled for Tuesday and another 14 on Wednesday, according to flight tracker FlightAware. The flights were on American, Southwest and United to cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Dallas; Nashville and Houston.

The airport recommends travelers check flight status before heading to the airport.

Cancellations are beginning to mount at Pensacola International Airport.  As of 10 a.m. EST, 31 flights to and from the airport were canceled for Wednesday, according to FlightAware. American and its regional airline partners have canceled flights to and from Charlotte, North Carolina, Dallas and Miami, for example.

The airport just announced that it will cease operations early Wednesday.

In Destin, Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport said it will cease all operations beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. FlightAware counts 17 flight cancellations in and out of the airport Wednesday.

Allegiant Air, which has been expanding in Destin, has canceled 10 flights to and from Destin on Wednesday, including flights from Pittsburgh; Cincinnati; Belleville, Illinois; Baltimore and Newark. The carrier also has canceled four flights on Thursday. 

Travelers whose flights are canceled have the option of a refund or rebooking when flights resume.

If your flight to or from the region hasn't been canceled but you don't want to mess with the weather, major airlines are allowing one-time fee-free travel changes for a limited period. The travel window and cities covered vary by airline.

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