Simple Flying - Riley Pickett
Several large airports in Florida will reopen their doors today as hurricane Ian passes back into the Atlantic.
The airports will be reopening while city streets remain flooded and search and rescue operations continue in southwest and central Florida. All airports being reopened have been thoroughly checked for building and airfield damage. The Fort Meyers Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) is still without power, like the rest of the city. It is unclear when this airport will be reopened, having closed in preparation for the storm on Tuesday. The nearby Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) will remain closed as well. However, its control tower will be open to help with air traffic control services.
One of the larger airports reopening is Tampa International Airport (TPA). The airport will open this morning at 10:00 ET. The airport has been closed for the past three days, having closed on Tuesday as hurricane Ian approached Florida's west coast. The airport management has advised passengers to arrive two hours early for their departures. It requests the patience and compliance of its guests as it anticipates a high volume of passenger traffic today.