RDU Weather Impacts

Below is the latest information from Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Florence.

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Latest Updates

Note: Most recent updates appear first below. The latest update is valid until replaced by newer information. 

Saturday, September 15

10:05 a.m.

This is our last anticipated update.

The airport is open and operational and airlines are returning to normal schedules. You are still encouraged to check with your airline regarding flight status prior to heading to RDU.

  • Air Canada: Normal schedule will resume after 10 a.m.
  • Alaska: Normal schedule for today
  • American: Some cancelations throughout the day
  • Delta: Full schedule planned
  • Frontier:  Flights beginning late afternoon
  • JetBlue: Full schedule planned
  • Southwest: Ticket Counter opening at 11 a.m. with flights beginning early afternoon
  • United: First departure late morning, full schedule for remainder of today

Friday, September 14

9:25 p.m.

Southwest ticket counter will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday with flights beginning in the early afternoon.

Alaska Airlines ticket counter will open at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday.

All other items in the last update are still valid.

5:30 p.m. 

Gusty winds and heavy rains from Hurricane Florence arrived at RDU earlier today. Weather conditions are subject to rapid change and therefore, flight status can also change at any time. Therefore, check with your airline regarding your flight before driving to the airport, regardless of the information below.

As of 5:30 p.m., we have no reports of damage or flooding at the airport.

Flight Status 

Airlines have informed us of the following tentative plans for air service, tomorrow, Saturday, September 15. Again, verify with your airline before heading to RDU.  At this time, we estimate about 71 of about 400 flights canceled for Saturday. This number is subject to change.

  • Air Canada: Ticket Counter opening at 7:30 a.m. with flights beginning mid-morning.
  • Alaska: The airport has not received an update on flights for Saturday.
  • American: Ticket Counter opening as normal at 3:30 a.m. with scattered cancelations throughout the day.
  • Delta: Ticket Counter opening as normal at 3:30 a.m with a near-normal schedule planned.
  • Frontier: Ticket Counter opening at 3 p.m. with flights beginning late afternoon.
  • JetBlue: Ticket Counter opening at 6:15 a.m. with scattered cancelations throughout the day.
  • Southwest: Ticket Counter opening at 8 a.m. with flights beginning mid-morning.
  • United: Ticket Counter opening as normal at 3:30 a.m. with flights beginning mid-morning.

Our fixed-base operators are planning normal operations for Saturday.

TSA Checkpoints

  • Terminal 1 will open at 7 a.m.
  • Terminal 2 will open as normal at 4 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

With the lower number of flights in Terminal 2, several shops and restaurants are closed on Concourses C and D. A few remain open to provide services for passengers flying today. There are no shops and restaurants open in Terminal 1 today.

8:15 a.m.

JetBlue has canceled all flights for today.

7 a.m.

Our 6 p.m. advisory below is still valid. We will be meeting with our airline partners this morning and will provide additional updates as needed. Verify your flight status with your airline before heading to the airport. Please do not come to the airport if you don’t have an on time departure. If driving, please drive carefully as we are feeling the affects of Hurricane Florence at this time.

Thursday, September 13

6 p.m.

We are continuing to monitor Hurricane Florence. Any slight variations in the track northward could have major impacts on RDU. Please keep in mind that we are first and foremost committed to:

  • Ensuring the safety of the more than 36,000 people who fly through RDU each day
  • Caring for the more than 5,550 employees who work at the airport
  • Protecting and preparing our infrastructure so that when the storm passes we can quickly return to normal operations

Therefore, during periods of tropical storm force winds at RDU, airlines may temporarily suspend the servicing of aircraft and the airport may suspend bus operations. Airport Authority staff have taken precautions to tie down objects, secure jet bridges and clear storm & roof drains.

Air Service

For Friday, September 14 we are expecting about half of our scheduled flights to be canceled. This number could increase depending on weather. Below is our best understanding of flights for Friday. Check with your airline before coming to the airport, as your flight status could change quickly.

  • Air Canada: No flights on Friday.
  • Alaska: No flights on Friday.
  • American: A few early flights on Friday, then no flights through early Saturday.
  • Delta: Operating a near normal schedule Friday.
  • Frontier: No flights on Friday.
  • JetBlue: Limited flights on Friday.
  • Southwest: No flights on Friday.
  • United: Limited flights on Friday.

General Aviation Fixed Based Operators

  • Signature: Near normal operations Friday.
  • TacAir: Near normal operations Friday.

Parking

ParkRDU Central & Premier lots have plenty of covered spaces close to Terminal 2. Please be aware that we may suspend bus service to our ParkRDU Economy lots should high winds affect the airport.

11:30 a.m.

This morning, the Airport Authority again met with airlines and other support agencies to discuss changes to the track of Hurricane Florence. As we continue to monitor the storm, please keep in mind we are first and foremost committed to:

  • Ensuring the safety of the more than 36,000 people who fly through RDU each day
  • Caring for the more than 5,550 employees who work at the airport
  • Protecting and preparing our infrastructure so that when the storm passes we can quickly return to normal operations

Any northward movement of Hurricane Florence may result in tropical storm force winds at RDU. During higher winds, we may temporarily suspend shuttle bus operations to our ParkRDU Economy Lots, bring staff indoors and take other measures for safety. Our ParkRDU Central and Premier lots have plenty of covered, available spaces just steps from the terminal.

Flight Status

Please check with your airline regarding the status of your flight, regardless of the information below. Airlines may make decisions quickly regarding flight status.  Many airlines are also offering and updating their travel waiver polices. Use the menu to the right to check your carrier.

Airlines Status Updates

  • Air Canada: Not operating flights Thursday or Friday.
  • Alaska: Not operating flights Thursday. No decision for Friday or beyond.
  • American: Operating with scattered cancelations on Thursday. No decision for Friday or beyond.
  • Delta: Operating a near normal schedule Thursday.  No decisions for Friday or beyond.
  • Frontier: Ceased operations for Thursday. No decision for Friday or beyond.
  • JetBlue: Ceased operations for Thursday. No decision for Friday or beyond.
  • Southwest: Not operating Thursday or Friday. Note: Southwest Airlines does not have staff on site.
  • United: Operating a near normal schedule Thursday. No decision for Friday or beyond.

General Aviation Fixed Based Operators

  • Signature: Normal operations today. Limited operations tomorrow.
  • TacAir: Normal operations today. No decision for Friday or beyond.

 

7:25 a.m.

Be sure to check your flight status before heading to RDU. At this time, there are approximately 120 cancellations (55 arrivals, 65 departures) out of 400 daily flights.

Please check and confirm your specific flight status with your airline, regardless of the information below.

Southwest Airlines will not operate at RDU on Thursday or Friday and will not have staff in Terminal 1. Southwest customers should not come to the airport to rebook flights. The airline plans to resume operations on Saturday.

With no Southwest Airlines operations, Concourse A and the TSA checkpoint in Terminal 1 will be closed. All restaurants and shops, including the Starbucks in Bag Claim will also be closed.

We do not have any further information on Friday flights for other airlines.

  • Air Canada, Alaska, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines are not planning to operate from RDU on Thursday, September 13 at this time.
  • American, Frontier and United will have scattered cancellations. Check with your airline regarding specific flights.
  • Delta and United are planning mostly normal operations for Thursday.
  • Also, our fixed-based operators, Signature and TacAir are planning mostly normal operations for Thursday.

Wednesday, September 12

9 p.m.

All of the updates listed in the 4 p.m. update are still valid. Please check and confirm your specific flight with your airline, regardless of the information below.

Southwest Airlines will not operate at RDU on Thursday or Friday and will not have staff in Terminal 1. Southwest customers should not come to the airport to rebook flights. The airline plans to resume operations on Saturday.

With no Southwest Airlines operations, Concourse A and the TSA checkpoint in Terminal 1 will be closed. All restaurants and shops, including the Starbucks in Bag Claim will also be closed.

We do not have any further information on Friday flights for other airlines.

The Airport Authority is also making preparations for heavy rain and high winds. Crews have spent the day testing and preparing generators, clearing storm and roof drains and securing other objects such as temporary signage and trashcans.

4 p.m.

The Airport Authority and our airlines are continuing to monitor the forecast of Hurricane Florence and its impact on the airport. Please check and confirm your specific flight with your airline, regardless of the information below. 

Below is what we know about flights on Thursday, September 13:
This is subject to change at any time.  

  • Air Canada, Alaska and Southwest Airlines are not planning to operate from RDU on Thursday, September 13 at this time.
  • American, Frontier, JetBlue and United will have scattered cancelations. Check with your airline regarding specific flights.
  • Delta and United are planning mostly normal operations for Thursday.
  • Also, our fixed-based operators, Signature and TacAir are planning mostly normal operations for Thursday.

We will continue to work with our airline partners and provide additional updates as we learn about them.

2:45 p.m.

American Airlines reports that it expects scattered cancelations through Friday, September 14. The airline has set-up a detailed Hurricane Florence impact page.

10:30 a.m.

We are operating normal flight schedules all day today, Wednesday, September 12.

The track of Hurricane Florence shifted significantly overnight. The Airport Authority and airlines, in consultation with weather officials, met this morning to discuss the forecast changes and potential impacts to RDU.

As of 10:30 a.m., we are anticipating mostly normal flight schedules for Thursday, September 13. However, any further changes to the track of Hurricane Florence may affect the ability of airlines to operate flights. Airport operations are highly dependent on the track and strength of the storm.

If you are scheduled to fly on Thursday, September 13, we strongly encourage you to check the status of your flight before departing for the airport. Many of our airlines are offering the opportunity to change your ticket without additional fees. Find out more information on these waivers by using the list to the right.

The Airport Authority and airlines will meet again this afternoon to discuss updates to the forecast for the hurricane. We will provide another update late this afternoon.

Tuesday, September 11

2:30 p.m.

Airlines have indicated they anticipate normal operations for tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 12.  We do not have information yet on operations for Thursday and Friday.

11:30 a.m.

RDU officials are closely monitoring the forecast for Hurricane Florence and are holding meetings with our airlines in preparation for the storm. Once we learn more about airline operation plans later this afternoon, we will provide an additional update. Check the list to the right for information on travel advisories and ticket fee waivers from your airline.

Monday, September 10

We anticipate normal operations for Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11. We do not yet have information on flights for Wednesday, September 12 or beyond.

Some airlines are offering travel waivers for later in the week, allowing you to change your travel plans without extra fees. Check for your airline Travel Advisory to the right.