Which airports are closed as Hurricane Idalia approaches Florida?

Passengers are encouraged to check directly with airlines for latest flight information.
Kiosks at the Southwest Airlines ticket counter are covered in protective wrapping at the Tampa International Airport.
Posted at 12:41 PM, Aug 29, 2023

Idalia is making its way to Florida — where it's expected to hit as a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday morning — and airports in the Sunshine State are already announcing shutdowns, with delays expected at others. 

With Florida's Gulf Coast bracing for initial impact, Tampa International Airport already closed overnight. The airport said it is not equipped to serve as a shelter. It will reopen when deemed safe following a damage assessment. 

"The closure will allow the airport and its partners to prepare the airfield and terminals, including the securing of jet bridges, ground equipment and any remaining aircraft before Idalia's expected landfall early Wednesday as a potential major hurricane," the airport said in a statement

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport will close Tuesday at 3 p.m., and has current plans to reopen at 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

Evacuation orders issued in Florida ahead of Idalia
An evacuation route sign

Evacuation orders issued in Florida ahead of Idalia

Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties have all issued either mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders ahead of the storm.


While those are the only announced closures as of now, that does not mean other airports won't be affected.

Orlando International Airport said it continues to monitor Idalia, and that delays and cancellations are to be expected.

"Here's a friendly reminder that with safety in mind, delays/cancellations are likely to occur with heavy rainfall & gusty winds in the area," the airport posted on X

Naples Airport said its administrative offices are closed Tuesday and that it expects limited fixed-base operator and air traffic control services. 

Southwest International Airport in Fort Myers, Gainesville Regional Airport and Tallahassee International Airport remain operational at this time, but continue to monitor Idalia. 

Passengers are encouraged to check directly with their airlines for latest flight information.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis previously declared a state of emergency for 33 counties, ranging from Fort Myers in the southwest to Panama City in the Panhandle. 

Evacuation orders are also in place for parts of the state. A detailed map of evacuation areas can be found here.

For those seeking protection during Hurricane Idalia, a list of shelters can be found at

Hurricane Idalia to hit Florida with 'catastrophic' storm surge
Satellite image of hurricane.

Hurricane Idalia to hit Florida with 'catastrophic' storm surge

Idalia officially became a hurricane Tuesday morning and is expected to use warm Gulf of Mexico waters to fuel its rapid intensification.