Southwest issues travel advisory as Hurricane Michael churns in Gulf of Mexico

Michael expected to land in Florida panhandle Wednesday morning

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SAN ANTONIO – Travelers flying across the Gulf of Mexico this week may have to adjust their plans due to Hurricane Michael.

Michael officially became a hurricane on Monday. Southwest Airlines announced that due to forecast weather conditions, service to certain cities may be disrupted this week.

According to the airline’s website, flights for following cities and dates may be disrupted, delayed, diverted and/or canceled:

Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Thursday, Oct. 11:

  • New Orleans (MSY)
  • Panama City (ECP)
  • Pensacola (PNS)

The information below was also posted on the website for anyone traveling this week: 

  • Customers who are holding reservations to/from/through these cities on those dates may rebook in the original class of service or travel standby (within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city-pairs and in accordance with our accommodation procedures) without paying any additional charge.
  • Customers who purchased their itinerary via Southwest.com or the mobile app are eligible to reschedule their travel plans online or from their mobile device.
  • Customers who did not purchase a ticket via Southwest.com can call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative.
  • Customers in the U.S. scheduled to travel internationally must call 1-800-435-9792 to speak with a Customer Representative for assistance with re-booking. 

Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall at the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.


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