Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports reopen Tuesday — but with limited service

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Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport opened Tuesday.

Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened Tuesday with limited schedules as South Florida continued to work toward restoring normalcy following Hurricane Irma.

Operations resumed at Miami International Airport Tuesday with an American Airlines flight at about 7 a.m. The airport expects to operate at 30 percent of its usual number of flights Tuesday, MIA said. The airport expects to see that percentage increase daily until it reaches full operations — possibly by this weekend.

MIA urged passengers to check with their individual airlines before heading to the airport.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reopened at 4 a.m. Tuesday, also operating a more limited schedule than normal.

The Miami Rental Car Center will open Tuesday on a normal schedule. Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport was open Tuesday.

Miami Executive Airport was also open Tuesday, but the Federal Aviation Administration tower is currently closed for damage assessment, MIA said. Flights are operating with pilot-to-pilot communication.

Miami-Homestead General Aviation Airport opened Tuesday and Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport remains closed.

4,110 Number of flights canceled at Florida airports through Wednesday, according to Flight Aware

Both MIA and FLL spent Monday assessing the damage from Hurricane Irma.

MIA airport director Emilio González told the Miami Herald that among the preliminary damage identified were leaks in every terminal, as well as suspected water seepage through glass panes. Airport spokesman Greg Chin said fallen ceiling tiles at gates were also among the “critical damage” at MIA. Cleaning crews are working on drying the water.

About 50 passengers who were unable to leave South Florida prior to Hurricane Irma stayed at the airport as the storm passed. Chin said Monday that they will be moved to the Concourse D fourth floor auditorium as the airport prepares to reopen.

The Fort Lauderdale airport suffered only minimal damage because of the storm, said spokesman Greg Meyer. There was water intrusion in all four terminals and flooding on a portion of the north runway, but otherwise the airfield was in “good shape,” he said.

Airlines are adding a limited number of flights as operations ramp up again, Meyer said.

“Most of the carriers are planning to operate but they don’t have a full schedule yet,” he said.

Palm Beach International Airport reopened Monday afternoon with one Delta Air Lines flight. Other airlines will resume limited service Tuesday.

According to flight tracker website Flight Aware, a total of 4,110 flights are canceled at Florida airports through Wednesday. Cancellations are expected to decrease as the week goes on, with 152 cancellations scheduled for Wednesday as of Monday, largely at MIA, FLL, Orlando International Airport, Tampa International Airport and Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers.

Miami Herald editor Jane Wooldridge and staff writer Patricia Mazzei contributed to this report.

Chabeli Herrera: 305-376-3730, @ChabeliH

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