Thu, Oct 27, 2005
MIA Operating At 50-Percent Capacity After Major Hurricane
Two days after Hurricane Wilma walloped southern Florida with
winds of up to 125 miles an hour, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport was still closed and Miami International was
operating at only 50-percent capacity.
The issue at FLL wasn't so much damage. Even though the storm
was fierce, it was a fast-mover, limiting the damage that would
have been caused by a longer-lasting hurricane. The problem keeping
FLL closed was a lack of water pressure in the airport's sprinkler
Late Wednesday, airport officials said water pressure was
improving and predicted FLL would reopen on Thursday. Power,
knocked out as Wilma sped through on Monday, was restored late
Tuesday. While the airport remained closed to commercial traffic
Wednesday, GA and relief flights were operating on a limited
The roof at Terminal Three was damaged by the storm, as were
some of the walkways connecting the parking deck with the terminal
itself. The US Postal Service facility and the UPS facility were
also damaged by Wilma's winds.
Meanwhile, At MIA...
Miami International opened Wednesday -- barely. The majority of
damage there was felt at the airport's cargo facility. Arrow
Cargo's hangar lost its roof. Thirty-nine jetways were damaged. By
midday Wednesday, three had been repaired.
The airport's dominant carrier, American, said it was operating
about half its normal capacity, with 125 flights on the schedule.
While most transatlantic service had been restored, airlines warned
passengers to check on their flights before going to the
FMI: www.broward.org/airport, www.miami-airport.com
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