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Updates on the impact of Hurricane Delta on travel in Cancun, United States

Update: October 8, 2020 at 9:50 am ET

After affecting travel in Cancun and other Mexican Caribbean destinations, Hurricane Delta has again strengthened to a category 2 as it heads to make landfall Friday along the Gulf Coast, including parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. .

According to, a hurricane warning is in effect from eastern Sabine Pass, Texas, to Morgan City, Louisiana, including Lake Charles and Lafayette in Louisiana. Hurricane-level conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Airlines serving destinations likely affected by the storm have begun issuing travel advisories and waiving exchange fees. American, Delta, Southwest and United are helping travelers heading to or from the region.

As for Delta’s impact in Mexico, The Associated Press does not report fatalities or serious injuries, but strong winds left parts of Cancun and Cozumel without power. In total, around 39,000 people were evacuated in the states of Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico was forced to take shelter when Hurricane Delta made landfall Wednesday morning as a Category 2 storm.

According to, Hurricane Delta caused life-threatening storm surges and heavy wind damage as it moved through the region, which is home to popular tourist destinations such as Cancun.

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Once the storm recedes over the water, it is expected to bring life-threatening storm surges and hurricane force winds to the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi when it makes landfall in the United States on Friday.

As a result of potential closures at the Cancun International Airport, Delta Air Lines issued a travel waiver and limited fares for flights to and from Cancun, Mexico, between October 6-8 to provide flexibility to customers.

Additionally, the airline is lifting its seating capacity restrictions for all planned flights departing from Cancun and adding an additional flight to allow as many customers to evacuate safely. In total, Delta is adding 900 seats.

American Airlines is also waiving change fees for passengers departing or arriving in Cancun and Cozumel, and changes must be made by October 8 and completed within one year of the original ticket date. A fare difference may apply.

Southwest and United airlines have also issued travel advisories for Cancun in response to Hurricane Delta.

For travelers in Louisiana and Mississippi, Amtrak announced adjustments to its schedule and services due to Delta’s anticipated landfall, including changes to Sunset Limited, Crescent and City of New Orleans services.