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Delta caps prices, American Airlines reduces rates

Major airlines are capping prices on fares out of Florida and adding additional capacity to flight routes as Hurricane Dorian approaches the U.S.

In anticipation of the increased demand spurred by residents trying to flee the area, Delta Air Lines added six additional flights (equaling 930 seats) to the normal flight schedule between Atlanta and Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Delta also capped fares on one-way flights to and from these locations between $299 and $599 in the main cabin and $499 and $799 in first class, based on flight distance, according to Delta spokesperson Adrian Gee.

In years past, airlines have been accused of raising prices as people in the path of storms attempted to book travel out of the area.

Gee noted that fares may be slightly higher for flights that include a connection from those same cities through Sept. 4.

American Airlines has also added reduced, last-minute fares for impacted cities.   According to spokesperson Ross Feinstein, this includes one-way, non-stop fares from 13 cities in Florida: Daytona Beach (DAB), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX), Key West (EYW), Melbourne (MLB), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Sarasota / Bradenton (SRQ), Tallahassee (TLH), Tampa (TPA) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

As of Friday at 1 p.m. ET, a search on American’s website showed available fares from Miami to Atlanta for $129 on Monday. 

Forecasters say Dorian is expected to make landfall Monday into Tuesday along Florida’s east coast.Heavy rainfall, dangerous winds and life-threatening storm surge are expected.

In 2017, airlines were criticized on social media for “fare gouging” as people tried to evacuate before Hurricane Irma.

USA TODAY has reached out to Southwest, United, Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue for comment. Their websites do not list information on capped prices.

As of Friday at 3 p.m. ET, a search on Southwest’s website shows one-way fares from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta ranging from $129 to $317. On United’s site, a one-way flight from Miami to Atlanta Monday ranges from $366 to $753. And one-way JetBlue flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta Monday range from $129 to $639. 

Contributing: Ryan W. Miller

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