American, Southwest Waiving Fees To Change Flights To East Coast

Alan Scaia
September 12, 2018 - 5:40 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Airlines have started waiving fees for people who want to change their travel schedule to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence on the East Coast.

American Airliens and Southwest Airlines are both waiving fees, and some people have already started flying back to Texas.

"They even sent us an email informing us they would not charge us if we wanted to rebook it for earlier," says one woman who arrived at DFW on an American flight from Raleigh, North Carolina Wednesday morning. "I appreciated that."

She says she and her husband will stay with their son in Waco. She says the line at the airport in Raleigh was the longest she had ever seen.

Another man arriving from Raleigh says every flight leaving was packed.

"If you're going to fly, don't wait until 12 hours before the storm hits because everything's already booked," he said. "Then, as the weather comes in, the airlines stop flying."

Online: American Airline Travel Advisory | Southwest Airline Travel Advisory

Airlines have already canceled hundreds of flights to and from airports in Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.

American will allow people to change their schedule if they bought their ticket before September 10 and scheduled to travel to affected cities through the 16.

Southwest will waive fees for people scheduled to travel through September 17.