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Airlines waiving change fees in advance of Hurricane Florence

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Time-lapse video of a NOAA Hurricane Hunter flight into Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, 2018.
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Time-lapse video of a NOAA Hurricane Hunter flight into Hurricane Florence on Sept. 10, 2018.

Airlines have not begun to cancel flights at Raleigh-Durham International Airport because of Hurricane Florence, but some are allowing passengers to rebook their travel without change fees in anticipation of the storm.

Delta, American, Southwest, United and Alaska have begun letting travelers make alternative flight arrangements from RDU and other airports in the path of the storm, which could begin affecting air travel along the coast as early as Wednesday.

The details vary by airline. Delta, the busiest airline at RDU in terms of passengers, will offer full refunds for flights canceled or delayed 90 minutes or more at RDU, Piedmont Triad International, Wilmington International and Albert J. Ellis Airport in Jacksonville between Thursday and Sunday. Change fees will be waived for passengers wishing to rebook, though fares may differ for flights taken after Sept. 20.

Delta’s Florence policy does not yet apply to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Passengers should check with their airlines for information about their flights and the polices about cancellations and rebooking. Links to airline websites and to RDU’s flight status page can be found at www.rdu.com/weather/.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling
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