By Julia Zorthian
September 7, 2017

Airlines are offering more seats for those evacuating from the path of Hurricane Irma as spots on their regularly scheduled flights out of Florida fill up.

Amid accusations of price gouging, various airways announced that they were capping ticket costs, relaxing scheduling procedures or waiving additional fees as people scrambled to leave the region. Now major U.S. airlines are augmenting their existing services out of the regions that will be most affected by the storm; either adding flights or using larger planes.

American Airlines has added 16 flights from Miami, totaling more than 3,600 seats, it said in a statement to Money. The airline noted that availability on all of these flights is “extremely limited.”

Twelve of those flights are heading to Dallas/Fort Worth, three are going to New York and one is flying to Philadelphia.

“We will continue to add extra flights, if equipment is available,” the statement said.

Delta Air Lines announced Thursday that it’s bumped up capacity on flights from at least seven different airports in Irma’s path, adding more than 2,000 more tickets, all of which were capped at $399. Delta both upsized its airplanes and added new flights to account for the additional seats, it said in a statement. The airway has waived baggage costs and in-flight pet fees for those traveling from places covered by an emergency weather waiver.

United added six flights out of Florida after it sold out, the according to the Associated Press, and CNBC reports that JetBlue has also increased the number of planes flying out of the hurricane’s path. Neither airline could be reached for comment on details about those flights.

Southwest Airlines had already added three flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, but did not immediately respond to an inquiry about additional extra flights.

Still, the additional supply may not meet the overwhelming demand as people look to escape the region: at least seven Florida counties have issued voluntary or mandatory evacuation notices, accounting for more than six million people.


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