Florida Airports Begin Slow Return to Commercial Flight Service

Nearly all of Florida's busiest airports halted flights during Hurricane Irma. Now, those airports have begun a slow restart of commercial airline service. Daytona Beach. Fort Myers and Key West remained closed today, with plans to resume operations later this week.

Following is a roundup of the latest status on the resumption of flights at Florida airports, as reported by USA Today, CNN and other sources. Included are links to the airport websites for the most current updates (click on the airport's name) and, where available, Twitter accounts to check for late-breaking reports.

Daytona Beach (DAB)

No flights are expected on Tuesday, Sept. 12. It was not immediately clear if flights could resume on Wednesday. Twitter: @FlyDAB

Destin-Fort Walton Beach

The airport did not halt flights during Irma. Twitter: @FlyVPS 

Key West (EYW)

Delta hoped to resume flights on Thursday and American on Friday. But those flights were pending further damage assessment there.

Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

The airport is fully operational and expected to resume commercial operations at 4 a.m. Tuesday. However, any restart by airlines on Tuesday will likely be limited. Twitter: @FLLFlyer

Fort Myers (RSW)

No flights were expected to operate Tuesday. "Unfortunately, we cannot begin operations until commercial power is restored," the airport said Monday on its Facebook page. "We are working with our airlines and TSA to get staffing levels to where they need to be."

Gainesville (GNV)

The terminal will reopen Tuesday morning. Some flights are expected to resume after 9 a.m. Twitter: @GNVAirport

Jacksonville (JAX)

The airport was open and fully operational as of this morning, with flight operations "to gradually ramp." Flyers should expect a limited schedule Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. Twitter: @JAXairport 

Melbourne (MLB)

The airport terminal was to reopen Tuesday at 8 a.m. A limited flight schedule was likely, with a gradual ramp-up after that. Twitter: @FlyMLB

Miami (MIA)

The facility began to gradually reopen beginning at 7 a.m. today, in an effort to give airport staff and security screeners time to return to their posts following a mandatory evacuation, according to CNN. High winds from Irma pushed water through window seals and roof joints at the terminals, causing minor flooding through the complex. The storm also destroyed part of the airport's security fence and caused damage in some gate areas. Emilio Gonzalez, the airport's CEO, told USA Today that it will be up to individual airlines to determine how and when to restart operations once the airport is again fully operational. Flyers should expect uneven schedules for the rest of the week. Twitter: @iflymia

Orlando (MCO)

The airport will "phase in limited commercial operations" beginning today. Assessment teams yesterday found flooding in the main terminal and debris on roadways. Passengers are advised to confirm flights along with a confirmed seat assignment before coming to the airport.  Twitter: @MCO

Orlando/Sanford (SFB)

Sanford was to reopen on Tuesday at 7:10 a.m., thought the resumption of service was up to individual airlines at the airport. Fliers should expect uneven schedules for the remainder of the week. Twitter: @SFB_Airport

Panama City/Northwest Florida Beaches (ECP)

Flights were expected on Tuesday. Twitter: @IFlyBeaches

Pensacola (PNS)

Flights were not formally halted during Irma. Pensacola is in far west Florida, which was spared much of Irma's wrath. Twitter: @flypensacola

Punta Gorda (PGD)

The airport has reopened. However, the airport says Allegiant -- the only carrier at Punta Gorda -- will not resume service until Wednesday. Flyers should expect uneven schedules this week. Twitter: @PuntaGordaAir

St. Petersburg/Clearwater (PIE)

The airport will reopen to the public on Tuesday morning, though no flights are expected to operate. Allegiant, which operates nearly all of the flights at the airport, was expected to operate "with full slate ... of flights" on Wednesday. Twitter: @iflypie

Sarasota-Bradenton (SRQ)

A limited schedule will start later Tuesday morning (primarily Delta flights). Schedules will ramp up on other airlines throughout the week. Social media: Facebook

Tallahassee (TLH)

Commercial flights will resume Tuesday morning. The "terminal facility will open at normal time of 4 a.m," according to the airport. Twitter: @iFlyTallahassee

Tampa (TPA)

Some flights are expected Tuesday. Flyers should expect a reduced schedule until later in the week. Twitter: @FlyTPA

West Palm Beach/Palm Beach International (PBI)

The airport reopened Monday, though only one flight operated (an arrival on Delta). Some other flights are expected to begin Tuesday, with schedules ramping up throughout the week. Twitter: @PBI_Airport