by Loren G. Edelstein | September 11, 2017

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was still operational as of this morning, although hundreds of flights were canceled in anticipation of Hurricane Irma, now a tropical storm. The city's transit system suspended all bus and rail service ahead of the weather conditions caused by Irma, according to the Associated Press. 

Delta Air Lines canceled about 800 flights in Atlanta today, as the storm was expected to bring strong crosswinds exceeding operating limits on select mainline and regional aircraft, according to a statement issued by the carrier today. "Wind shear, lighting and other convective weather is also possible in the vicinity of Atlanta and may prompt additional flight cancellations," said the statement. Delta further addressed plans for resuming Florida service and issuing refunds and changes, as follows:

As the storm prepares to cross into Georgia Monday, Delta teams have set their sights on resuming service to Florida airports. The carrier expects reports from airport authorities throughout the state Monday on the condition of runways, taxiways and terminal infrastructure, some of which sustained damage. Updates are expected throughout the morning and will determine Delta's Florida restart.

Delta encourages customers to check the status of their flights before leaving for the airport by using the Fly Delta app or at delta.com. The carrier recommends that customers transiting its Atlanta hub Monday modify their itineraries around the city on delta.com.

Delta has combined and consolidated fee waivers through Sept. 17 for customers transiting some three-dozen destinations where flights will be affected by Irma, and created a new waiver for St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Turks and Caicos for customers ticketed through Oct. 31.

Meanwhile, at St. Thomas on Monday, Delta will operate a humanitarian flight bringing in recovery supplies and will transport about 150 U.S. citizens to Atlanta. Delta continues to examine when regularly scheduled service may resume. Additional humanitarian flights are expected throughout the week to destinations in the Caribbean.