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9.05.17 – (LAA/LUS) – Hurricane Irma Update – Protect Yourself

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Hurricane Irma Update – Protect Yourself

Currently, Hurricane Irma is a strong Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 180 mph. Irma’s forecasted track threatens the northeastern Caribbean including Antigua, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico as early as tomorrow. Florida remains within the projected cone and will most likely see some effects of the storm by this weekend. 

The following is the latest IROPS update:


  • Airport to close after 1600 today.  
  • No operations tomorrow.  
  • Resume service on Sept 7th.


  • Last departure will be 1055 on Sept 6th.  
  • AA will add an extra section SJU-MIA at 0940 on a 757 to provide additional lift.
  • No RON’s Sept 6th and no originators on Sept 7th.  
  • Resume operations Sept 7th.


  • Airport will be closed after 1200 today.
  • No operations tomorrow.
  • Resume service on Sept 7th.


  • Normal operations today.
  • No operations tomorrow.
  • Resume service on Sept 7th.


  • Normal operations today.
  • No operations tomorrow
  • Resume operations on Sept 7th.


  • Closed at 1400 today.
  • No operations tomorrow
  • No RON on Sept 6th and no ORIG on Sept 7th.
  • Resume operation on Sept 7th.

Resuming service to the cities above will be dependent on an assessment of damage to airports / facilities.  
The IOC continues to monitor the forecast for CAP, PAP, PLS, POP, PUJ, SDQ, STI as the storm tracks westward.
Several Travel Advisories have been issued.  Stations include:

  • Cuba – HAV, VRA, SNU, HOG, CFG, CMW.
  • Bahamas – ELH, NAS, FPO, GGT, ZSA, MHH

Flight Service Daily Operations at IOC can help if you have an emergency:
1-682-315-7070 or 1-888-222-4737

APFA’s Scheduling Help Desk is available Monday through Friday from 0900 until 1700 CT should you need assistance, by calling (817) 540-0108.

After Hours Live Chat is available on the APFA Website  Monday through Friday from 1700 until 2300 CT and Weekends from 0900 until 1700 CT. Live Chat hours may be extended as conditions warrant.

Be familiar with your contract and always remember that your safety is the number one priority:


The LAA On-Duty Contract Guide is an important resource for LAA Flight Attendants during Irregular Operations (IROPS)/Off-Schedule Operations (OSO). Also, please refer to your tablet or the APFA Website for Interim Pay Protection (IPP) procedures.


LUS Flight Attendants should be familiar with Sections 1011, and 12 of the 2013 Red Book Agreement during Irregular Operations. Also, please be aware of the Inclement Weather Policy:

Prior to a predicted severe weather event, Flight Attendants should make every effort to plan ahead and determine the best method for getting to work. Should the Flight Attendant be unable to drive to work due to hazardous road conditions, he/she will notify Crew Scheduling and a Personal Day will be noted on the Flight Attendant’s record. The Flight Attendant is then required to contact his/her Flight Service Manager to advise of the Personal Day. If the day was determined to be a qualifying severe disruption day at the base, the Flight Service Manager will change the day from Personal to Unable to Commute and a notation as to the reason for the Unable to Commute will be made.
Please Note: Failure to contact the Flight Service Manager prior to the last day of the month will result in the Personal Day remaining on the Flight Attendant’s record.

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Please be alert to changing conditions and stay safe!


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