By Jamie Leary
DENVER (CBS4) – Major airlines are keeping an eye on Hurricane Matthew, many taking early action by canceling flights into and out of areas impacted.
According to FlightAware.com, a total of 1648 flights were canceled Thursday by 8 a.m.
At Denver International Airport, CBS4 counted a total of 18 outbound flights canceled by early Thursday morning.
The flights ranged from 11:15 a.m. to just before midnight, heading to Orlando, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
More than 1,300 flights have been canceled at airports across Florida with commercial flights out of Miami stopping at 8 p.m. Thursday.
A supervisor at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter said most of the early morning flights to Florida were headed out as scheduled but beginning later in the afternoon, “if you’re scheduled to land in West Palm Beach after noon, your flight is canceled.”
“If you’re scheduled to land in Orlando after 4 p.m., your flight is canceled,” said the Southwest Airlines supervisor.
A ticketing agent for a United Airlines flight scheduled to depart DIA at 8:25 a.m. Thursday confirmed that flight was scheduled to leave on time to Orlando and added that it was full, with nearly all passengers checked in.
This comes at a time when state agencies in Florida are urging people to evacuate. Hurricane Matthew is on track to pound Florida Thursday and more than 1.5 million people have been urged to evacuate.
Other than the Fort Lauderdale airport, which completely suspended operations at 8:30 GMT, and Miami which will do the same at 10 GMT, many Orlando flights are still scheduled to arrive at DIA throughout the day Thursday.
Despite the fact that some flights are still on time, DIA encourages you to continue checking your flight status as things can easily change depending on the severity of the storm.