Fuel Fire Causes Flight Cancellations in Miami

Fuel Fire Causes Flight Cancellations in Miami

March 24, 2011

More than 90 flights have been canceled at Miami International Airport Thursday after a massive overnight fuel tank fire.  The fire has created a major disruption for American Airlines, the airport’s biggest carrier, and stranded or delayed thousands of passengers.

Firefighters worked through the night to extinguish the fire, which started late Wednesday night and was under control early this morning.

In addition to American — which makes up about 70 percent of MIA’s traffic — other airlines are also reporting flight delays.

American Airlines spokesman Ed Martelle said the airline doesn’t yet know how long it will take for the flight schedule to return to normal.

In addition to canceling flights, Martelle said American is “trying to do some creative things” such as landing airplanes with a little more fuel than normal so they can avoid refueling at Miami and then stop at nearby airports – including Tampa, Orlando, San Juan and Fort Lauderdale – to fuel up there.

He said it’s unclear how many more flights will have to be canceled.

Adding to the airports problems, its Concourse J was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Thursday because of a suspicious package as Miami-Dade police investigated.

If you are scheduled to travel via Miami today, please call your Exito agent or your airline.

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