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    Heavy Rains, Cause Mass Flight Cancellations, Delays

    Airline operators on Friday had to cancel and delay several flight operations as a result of heavy rain in Lagos and Abuja which affected flights operations to other States.

    Air Peace, Nigeria’s largest carrier cancelled several of its flights on Friday morning.

    “Due to the heavy downpour of rain in Lagos and Abuja this morning, some flights across our network will be disrupted,” Air Peace said in a statement.

    “While weather is beyond our control and safety remains our utmost priority, we appeal for your understanding as we manage the disruptions as best as we can and get you to your destinations safely.”

    Passengers flying via other airlines are also waiting at the Lagos and Abuja airports pending when airlines are cleared to take off.

    Meanwhile, Travelers at South Florida’s two major airports faced more delays Thursday because of the rain and flooding in the region.

    On Thursday morning, Miami International Airport had canceled 187 flights and delayed 47 others, according to Greg Chin, communications director for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department. Those figures jumped to 284 flights canceled and 132 flights delayed by 3 p.m. The storms had not even started by then, so if they hit later in the evening as forecast, those numbers would likely increase.

    Chin urged travelers to confirm the status of their flight with the airline before heading to MIA.

    They should also take note that “parking garages are near capacity because many returning passengers have had their flights canceled or delayed,” he said.

    Once travelers confirm their flights, he recommended they find other ways to get to MIA: ride-share services, taxi, public transportation, family or a friend.

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has canceled 77 flights — 39 arrivals and 38 departures – as of Thursday morning. The numbers grew to 90 canceled flights — 52 arrivals and 38 departures — by 4 p.m. Thursday. The airport also reported 106 delayed flights: 45 arrivals and 61 departures.

    Affected destinations include Boston, Guatemala City, Dallas/Forth Worth; Charlotte/Douglas International Airport; Richmond, Virginia; Atlanta, San Francisco; and Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Kingston, Jamaica.

    Airport spokesperson Arlene Satchell said that while the bad weather was likely the major cause of the disruption at FLL, other factors including airline operational issues or federal air space air traffic management initiatives may have contributed.

    She urged anyone traveling to FLL to check with their airline for the most up-to-date information before coming to the airport.

    For drivers, FLL said on X just before 3 p.m. Thursday that the section of East Perimeter Road near the airport entrance has reopened after flooding had shut it down. The I-595 or U.S. 1 exits into the Broward airport continue to be other options.

    As rain returns, travelers should continue to watch for roadway updates and check with their airlines before heading for the airport, she said.

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