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Hurricane Irma and Maria

 

Hurricane Maria - 9/24/17 - 1pm EST

Hurricane Maria is a Category 2 hurricane.  As of 11:00am on Sunday, 9/24, its location was about 475 miles south southeast of Cape Hatteras, NC.  On the forecasted track, the core of Maria will be moving well east of the southeast coast of the US during the next day or so.  There are no coastal Watches or Warnings in effect.

For the most current status of Hurricane Maria, visit the National Hurricane Center website.

Airport Closings/Destination Status

San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) is already (Thursday, 9/21) receiving military and rescue flights.
  • Port of San Juan is undamaged and receiving relief supplies
  • Clearance from the FAA has been received to resume commercial airlines activities at SJU starting Friday, September 22
  • New York/Long Island power authorities arriving by military aircraft to help re-establish electricity
  • Local government focus in on re-establishing telecom networks
  • Heavy flooding, impassable roads, cell towers down; there is no power on the island except through generators

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

  • All flights cancelled into St. Croix on Wednesday, 9/20
  • There is limited communication with cell service down and power shut off at 2pm on Tuesday, 9/19
  • West (Frederiksted) and southwest (airport) portions of the island hit hardest, outside of where our customers are staying
  • Mandatory curfew in effect 20 hours per day-4 hours allowed for critical businesses only

For passengers scheduled to travel:  Cancellation and change policies vary by hotel and airline.  If you are scheduled to travel to any of the affected islands in the next few days, please check the website of your airline carrier, see links below.  You can always call CheapCaribbean.com at 1-800-915-BEACH (2322) or email us Reservations@CheapCaribbean.com for additional information.  

Please check with your airline at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure, and again before leaving for the airport.  You can set up automatic flight alerts by visiting your airline’s website and entering your flight number. 

AIRLINE INFORMATION

American Airlines - https://www.aa.com/

Alaska Air - http://www.alaskaair.com/

Cayman Air - https://www.caymanairways.com/

Delta Airlines - https://www.delta.com/content/www/en_US/traveling-with-us/advisories.html

Frontier Airlines - http://www.frontierairlines.com

Jet Blue - https://www.jetblue.com/JetblueAlerts/WeatherUpdate.aspx

Spirit - https://www.spirit.com/TravelAdvisory.aspx /

Sun Country- http://www.suncountry.com/

United Airlines - https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx

 

 

Flight Delay Information - Air Traffic Control System Command Center Click Here.

 

Post Hurricane Irma - 9/23/17 - 4pm EST

Special notification for bookings traveling to Sint Maarten/ St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. John:  All hotels in Sint Maarten/St. Martin, St. Thomas and St. John are closed through the upcoming months.  If you are booked to travel to these islands, CheapCaribbean will be contacting you to reschedule your travel arrangements, beginning with bookings scheduled to depart in the next few weeks.  Passengers who are unable to re-book may cancel for a Future Travel Credit.

Should your hotel determine they are unable to accept guests, we will contact you to reschedule or cancel your travel arrangements.

Passengers booked to Caribbean islands at hotels currently not accepting arrivals: Passengers can re-book the same exact vacation for a later travel date.  CheapCaribbean and your hotel will waive change and cancellation fees.  Airline change fees will follow carrier rules.  Passengers who are unable to re-book may cancel for a Future Travel Credit.  CheapCaribbean will be contacting you to reschedule your travel arrangements, beginning with bookings scheduled to depart in the next few weeks.Airport Closings / Destination Status


Sint Maarten/ St. Martin

  • The island has been without electricity since 6:00 am Wednesday, 9/6/17
  • The island suffered extensive damage overall
  • Many hotels are heavily damaged
  • The Sint Maarten Airport (SXM) closed at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, 9/5/17
  • Communications with the island is very limited

St. Thomas/ St. John/ St. Croix

  • The core of Irma passed through the islands on Wednesday, 9/6/17
  • The St. Thomas (STT) and St. John (STJ) Airports closed at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 9/5/17
  • St. Thomas and St. John sustained extensive damage; these islands are receiving relief food and supplies through St. Croix military assistance; generators are supplying electricity
  • There will be no inter-island ferry operations until further notice
  • There are limited communications with the islands at this time
  • St. Croix fared better than rest of USVI and was receiving commercial flights as of Friday 9/8/17

 

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