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American Airlines is capping all of its flights out of Florida at $99 as Hurricane Irma nears

Business Insider | Sep 7, 2017, 03.52AM IST

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American Airlines is going to great lengths to help as many people as possible escape Hurricane Irma.

The company said Wednesday that it will offer tickets out of Florida for $99 as the hurricane approaches.

"While there are limited seats remaining before the storm hits, we will cap our pre-tax fares at $99 for MainCabin seats on direct, single leg flights out of Florida for tickets sold through Sunday Sept. 10 for travel until Sept. 13," a spokesperson for American Airlines said in a statement to Business Insider.

The spokesperson said that the airline plans to cancel all flights at its Miami hub, as well as in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Sarasota, and West Palm Beach on Saturday and Sunday.

The airline will also cancel scheduled flights arriving in Miami from Europe and South America on Friday.

Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour. The hurricane has already touched down in parts of the Caribbean, including Barbuda and St. Martin. The National Hurricane Center described Irma as "potentially catastrophic."

American is not the only airline discounting tickets so that people can escape the storm.

JetBlue also announced on Wednesday that it is offering non-stop flights out of Florida for $99 including tax. Delta said it would cap its flight out of Florida and affected areas to $399.

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