South Florida airports remain closed Monday as crews inspect damage

Airports to reopen following damage assessment, necessary repairs


MIAMI – South Florida airports will remain closed to passengers Monday as crews assess any damage to the airports and make any necessary repairs.

Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokesman Greg Chin said some airlines will fly personnel and crew members to Miami International Airport Monday in preparation for flights to resume.

He said the aviation department will determine whether flights can resume Tuesday following damage and security assessments.

Cargo flights will resume when passenger flights begin, Chin said. 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport also was closed to passengers on Monday.

"We are working closely with the airlines and our partners to open FLL as soon as we are ready to resume operations," a statement on the airport's website said.

FLL spokesman Greg Meyer said the airport sustained minimal damage and is expected to reopen to travelers at 4 a.m. Tuesday. 

Although there isn't too much damage, Meyer said they "still have considerable work to do to prepare to reopen."

All operations at Key West International Airport were suspended as of Thursday until further notice.

Airport officials urge travelers to contact their airline for the latest flight information.

Travelers can also see the latest airport updates on social media at @iflymia and @FLLFlyer

Chin said Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport is expected to open later on Monday. So far, it has only received military and emergency flights.

Miami Executive Airport is open, but the FAA tower is currently closed for damage assessment. Flights are operating with pilot-to-pilot communication.

Chin said Miami-Homestead General Aviation Airport and Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport were closed Monday.


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