OPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
Hurricane/TS-related cancellations can be made for a variety of reasons, none the least of which are if crosswind limits are expected to be exceeded. More than ceiling or visibility, this is the main "trigger" for a flight being able to operate or not in these kinds of conditions, since the last situation an airline wants to be in is having an aircraft get in, have the crosswinds come up beyond limits, and then the big $$$ aircraft be stuck there for the approaching storm to batter all to hell.
TPA and MCO both have elevated trains that run out from the terminals to the gates, and they have wind limits as well. How many employees can make it in (and thus what % of your normal gates can be used) is also a factor in making selective cancellations in order to "thin out" how many flights go into an airport that may (or may not) be impacted by such weather.
RP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 829 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
I remember the "no-name" storm of approx 1992. This was the MAJOR storm that formed in the gulf, moved over Florida with intense t-storms, and then moved up the coast causing massive blizzards along the way. The day after the storm passed TPA, the winds were something like 30kts out of the west. All planes, including jets, were taking off of 27. It's something that very rarely occurs here.
MHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1050 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (4 years 9 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 1639 times:
Just an update:
DL has canceled 4 out of their 11 daily flights between TPA and ATL today. They've also canceled a TPA-JFK flight, a TPA-LGA flight, a TPA-CVG flight, and the TPA-LAX flight. All of these flights were scheduled to depart before noon.
US seems to have canceled some flights to but I'm not sure of which ones.
All other flights seem to be operating normally....