Hurricane Matthew, which is whipping its way through the Caribbean and could possibly hit Florida Thursday, is affecting flights from the Portland International Jetport.

Elite Airways issued an advisory Wednesday, canceling its southbound flights on Thursday and Friday and rescheduling them for Sunday and Monday.

“Due to Hurricane Matthew’s anticipated effect on Florida, all northbound flights out of Naples, Vero Beach and Melbourne originally scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 will be moved to Thursday, Oct. 6,” said its advisory, noting there would be no southbound Florida flights on Thursday or Friday.

The airline suggested passengers check www.EliteAirways.com for current information on flights or contact reservations at 877-393-2510 with questions.

Elite Airways, a discount charter airline, started servicing the jetport with flights to Florida last year. It announced in September that it would be doubling its service to the Orlando area this winter, and adding new flights to the Sarasota-Bradenton area.

Other Portland carriers have issued advisories. American, JetBlue, United, Southwest and Delta airlines are letting passengers bound for Florida, the Carolinas or Georgia know that they can change flights without incurring change fees if they meet certain conditions. All carriers recommend checking their websites for details and updates.

American Airlines canceled all Thursday flights nationwide into three Florida airports: Miami International, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Palm Beach International

United Airlines said they anticipate canceling 60 flights in and out of those same three airports.


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