Hurricane cancels dozens of Detroit Metro flights

Associated Press

Airlines are canceling hundreds of flights as Hurricane Matthew sweeps along the Florida coast. Among the cancellations are dozens of flights that were scheduled to depart from Detroit Metro Airport on Thursday.

According to Flightstats.com, airlines including Delta canceled flights out of Detroit Metro to Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

The Fort Lauderdale airport shut down Thursday morning, and further north, the Orlando airport expected to do the same by nighttime.

By midday, flight-tracking service FlightAware.com reported that nearly 1,500 flights in the U.S. had been scrapped, with the largest numbers at Fort Lauderdale and Miami. American Airlines, which has a major hub in Miami, was the hardest-hit carrier, followed by Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways.

FlightAware said airlines already have canceled nearly 1,300 flights scheduled for Friday.

Airlines often cancel flights before storms hit to prevent passengers from being stranded at airports and to keep their planes in position to recover after the bad weather passes.

Detroit News Staff Writer Candice Williams contributed to this report.