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Flights resume at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after Hurricane Matthew

Travelers pack patience as day of delays, cancellations expected


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened Friday after closing a day earlier because of the threat of Hurricane Matthew.

"In my 35 years as a flight attendant, it's not a first," Mike Arce said.

Arce reflected on the storm that kept planes on the tarmac Thursday.

"Having been through several hurricanes, this was nothing," he said. "Of course, no one knew until it transpired."

Now that the storm has moved north, planes can get back in the air. But the closure complicated some travel arrangements.

Federico Urtasun's flight to Hawaii was canceled. He rebooked, but that flight is now delayed.

However, Urtasun, who is vacationing from Argentina, said he is remaining patient.

Many other passengers got to the terminal early to check on their flights as the airport prepared for a long day of cancellations and delays.

"For the airline, it is a little more complicated," Broward County Aviation Department spokesman Greg Meyer said. "You know, they have crews and aircraft that have been separated. They have to restage everything. Many of them were already planning to be closed."

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