ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR News) - UPDATE (9/13/18) -- Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport officials said they want to confirm that any rumors about the airport closing because of Hurricane Florence are not true.
They said the airport will remain open during the storm and maintain operational readiness.
Carriers may change their flights to and from ROA, but the airport will stay open.
The storm will impact airline hubs to the south of Roanoke and passengers should contact their airlines directly for flight status updates, the carriers will have the most accurate information.
The airlines that fly out of Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport are offering travelers a chance to adjust their flights ahead of the impending weather.
Director of Marketing and Air Service Development Bradley Boettcher says all airlines that fly out of Roanoke are putting out travel advisory waivers to let people adjust their flights to either before or after the weather is projected to hit.
"I think it's something that's evolved in the airline industry as a really nice customer service tool where, if people know that severe weather is coming, rather than have to wait or pay to move, they're able to move it," said Boettcher.
Each carrier has different rules for the changes so please check directly with the carrier, the links below were accurate as of 14:00 Eastern Time on September 11, 2018.
- American Airlines: https://www.aa.com/i18n/travel-info/travel-alerts.jsp
- Allegiant Air: https://www.allegiantair.com/travel-alerts
- Delta Air Lines: https://www.delta.com/us/en/advisories/weather-alerts/hurricane-florence
- United Airlines: https://www.united.com/CMS/en-US/travel/news/Pages/travelnotices.aspx (Hurricane Florence is halfway down the page).
Sherry Moore flew into Roanoke from Texas on Tuesday. She says her family was going to Virginia Beach but now she's second-guessing the plan.
"I'm due to fly out of Norfolk Virginia on Tuesday, and most likely, I'm assuming, my flight will be delayed," said Moore.
While she waits on the status of her flight, Moore says she's going to make the best of her trip.
"I'm just happy to be with my parents at this time. And hopefully can encourage them not to go east," said Moore.
The airport plans on being open during the storm.