Airlines are striving to rebook passengers left stranded in Orlando after the airport re-opened following the threat of Hurricane Dorian.

Virgin Atlantic warned that the situation in Orlando as “very changeable” despite the airport resuming operations at noon yesterday local time after closing early on Tuesday.

More than 420 Orlando flights are reported to have been cancelled by airlines during the shut-down.


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Virgin Atlantic operated six flights to and from Gatwick and Manchester to the Florida theme park hub airport yesterday but cancelled two.

The airline said last night: “We’re liaising with Orlando international airport on recovery operations for the rest of the week and we hope to operate as many of our flights as possible.

“Hurricane Dorian’s exact movements and the aftermath of the storm as it passes the Orlando area is unclear, therefore we ask customers to continue to check virginatlantic.com for the latest flight information.

“The safety and comfort of our customers and crew is our absolute priority and we will continue to update customers as quickly as possible.”

Thomas Cook Airlines expects flights to and from Orlando to run as scheduled today following more than 48 hours of disruption.

Flights to and from Gatwick and Manchester due to depart on Tuesday and Wednesday have been re-scheduled to operate either today or tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the impact of Hurricane Dorian has started affecting airports in other states as its path tracked up the US east coast away from Florida.

Charleston international airport in South Carolina closed at 3pm local time yesterday and is not expected to re-open until Friday.

At last 85 flights are reported to have been cancelled at Atlanta and 84 at Charlotte in North Carolina.

British Airways is continuing to offer flexible rebooking options for passengers wanted to change their travel dates due to the hurricane. This includes those due to fly from Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Nassau and Charleston.

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