Orlando International Airport and Sanford International Airport to resume service Tuesday

Sep 11, 2017 in "Severe Weather impacts to Walt Disney World"

Orlando International Airport and Sanford International Airport will both resume commercial service on Tuesday September 12 2017.

Both airports have been closed since September 9 due to Hurricane Irma.

In a statement, Orlando International said:

With Hurricane Irma moving out of the Orlando area, Orlando International Airport will phase-in limited commercial operations after a damage assessment, clean-up, repairs, airline schedules and availability of personnel have all been addressed.

Orlando International is currently targeting Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to resume some limited commercial service.

All passengers are advised to verify a confirmed seat assignment with their individual airlines BEFORE arriving at the airport.

Once winds diminished to a safe level Monday morning, airport personnel began assessing damage to the facility, cleaning up the airfield and testing key systems to bring them back on line.

The initial damage assessment and inspection identified multiple areas that required immediate attention:

  • Water intrusions throughout the Main Terminal
  • Torn canopies on departure and arrival curbs on both A & B sides of Main Terminal
  • Debris and obstructions on airport roadway system

Preparing the airport for arriving and departing aircraft will also involve determining the availability of personnel and discussions with the airlines regarding scheduling. MCO staff will also collaborate with all integral airport partners to effect a safe, secure and expeditious resumption of service. This entire process could take several days to resume normal operations.

As of Monday, the earliest limited commercial flight operations are projected to resume would be Tuesday. After multiple days of cancelled flights, all passengers are advised to verify a confirmed seat assignment with their individual airline before arriving at the airport.

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Article Posted: Sep 11, 2017 / 5:45pm EDT