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Travel to Fort Lauderdale airport halted after shooting incident

Scene at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport today were a gunman killed and and wounded multiple people on Friday, January 6, 2017.
Scene at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport today were a gunman killed and and wounded multiple people on Friday, January 6, 2017. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport has been closed indefinitely following Friday’s shooting that left five dead.

The FAA has also ordered a nationwide ground stop for travel through Fort Lauderdale airport, which means all flights into and out of the airport have been canceled. Some flights are being diverted to other South Florida airports.

Travelers scheduled to fly from the airport Friday or Saturday should check with their airline for further instructions. Some have already canceled flights slated for Saturday morning.

Terminal 2, where the incident happened, is home to Delta Air Lines. Friday it canceled 14 flights and diverted six others bound for Fort Lauderdale to Palm Beach International Airport, Miami International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Jacksonville International Airport. The airline operates about 30 daily flights from FLL to nine destinations.

JetBlue has canceled all flights in and out of the airport through 10 a.m. Saturday.

American Airlines, which operates out of Terminal 3, canceled all flights into Fort Lauderdale through 8 p.m. Friday. Two flights were diverted to nearby airports. Two other flights that were in the air at the time of the incident landed safely and were kept away from the terminal.

Several airlines said they would allow passengers booked on Fort Lauderdale flights Friday and Saturday to rebook or cancel flights without change fees. Travelers with flight insurance were advised to keep their receipts for all expenses, contact their airlines for new flights and contact their insurers’ emergency assistance lines.

Though PortEverglades was closed briefly and security was heightened at Miami International, by Friday night most travel through South Florida ports and MIA returned to normal.

Miami International Airport: MIA is open and flights are operating normally. Travelers should give themselves extra time and check with their airline before arriving. The airport is also taking extra security measures.

Tri-Rail: Tri-Rail service is operational after being shut down between the Sheridan and Fort Lauderdale stations Friday afternoon.

Cruise travel: Operations at PortMiami and Port Everglades were back to normal by Friday night, with all gates open for entry and exit and increased security measures in place.

Norwegian Cruise Line announced that Friday’s cruise on the Norwegian Sky from PortMiami had been delayed until 7 p.m.

Carnival Victory left PortMiami at about 5 p.m. as scheduled for a cruise to The Bahamas. The line said it would provide hotel for a few guests flying via Fort Lauderdale who were delayed by the airport closure.

The line also said it would contact and assist guests scheduled to fly via Fort Lauderdale to sail Saturday from PortEverglades aboard Carnival Conquest. Those travelers should check with their airline for updates.

Lance Dixon: 305-376-3708, @LDixon_3

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