TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Tampa International Airport closed shortly after midnight as the Tampa Bay region prepares for potentially destructive impacts from Hurricane Idalia.
As it stands, Idalia is forecast to become a major hurricane before hitting the state of Florida sometime early Wednesday.
The airport will remain closed until it can assess any damage, secure its equipment, and prepare the airfield and terminals for use.
“Some cargo and private aircraft operations could continue overnight, but all air traffic will cease by 7 a.m. Tuesday morning,” a release said. “The Airport, including the Main Terminal and Airsides will be closed to all visitors and is not equipped to function as a shelter.”
The airport could be reopened as early as Thursday morning, according to officials.
If you had a flight scheduled for this time period and want to know what to do, you can contact your airline below:
- Alaska Airlines / 800-252-7522
- Air Canada / 888-247-2262
- American Airlines / 800-433-7300
- Avelo Airlines / 346-616-9500
- Breeze Airways / Online help only
- British Airways / 800-247-9297
- Cayman Airways / 800-422-9626
- Copa Airlines / 800-359-2672
- Delta Airlines / 800-221-1212
- Edelweiss Air (Swiss) / No listed number
- Eurowings Discover (Lufthansa) / 800-645-3880
- Frontier / 602-333-5925
- Havana Air / 305-615-4151
- Invicta Air / 305-506-6670
- jetBlue / 800-538-2583
- Silver Airways / 800-881-4999
- Southwest Airlines / 800-435-9792
- Spirit Airlines / 855-728-3555
- Sun Country Airlines / 800-359-6786
- United / 800-864-8331
- Virgin Atlantic / 800-862-8621
- WestJet / 800-538-5696
You can watch a press conference on the matter in the video player above.