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Major airlines charge fares out of Florida and add additional capacity to flight routes as Hurricane Dorian approaches the United States

In anticipation of increased demand that residents try to flee the area, Delta Air Lines added six additional flights (equivalent to 930 seats) to the normal Atlanta-Florida flight plan, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Delta also thanks one-way fares to and from these locations between $ 299 and $ 599 in the main cabin and $ 499 and $ 799 in the first class, based on flight distance, according to Delta spokesman Adrian Gee.

In the past, airlines have been accused of raising prices when people on the highway tried to book flights out of the area.

Gee noted that fares may be slightly higher for flights that include a connection from the same cities through September 4. .

American Airlines has also added last minute reduced rates for affected cities. According to spokesman Ross Feinstein, this includes one-way, direct stops from 13 Florida cities: Daytona Beach (DAB), Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Fort Myers (RSW), Gainesville (GNV), Jacksonville (JAX), Key West (EYW) , Melbourne (MLB), Miami (MIA), Orlando (MCO), Sarasota / Bradenton (SRQ), Tallahassee (TLH), Tampa (TPA) and West Palm Beach (PBI).

Pr. Friday at 1 PM ET, a search of the US website showed available prices from Miami to Atlanta for $ 129 on Monday.

Forecasts say that Dorian is expected to make landfall Monday through Tuesday along Florida's east coast. Heavy rainfall, dangerous wind and life-threatening storm surge are expected.

In 2017, airlines were criticized on social media for "danger gouging" as people tried to evacuate before Hurricane Irma.

USA TODAY has reached out to Southwest, United, Frontier, Spirit and JetBlue for comment. Their web pages do not display information about discounted prices.

Starting at 3pm on Friday. ET, a search of Southwest's site shows one-way rates from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta from $ 129 to $ 317. On United's side, a one-way flight from Miami to Atlanta Monday ranges from $ 366 to $ 753. And one-way JetBlue flights from Ft. Lauderdale to Atlanta Monday ranges from $ 129 to $ 639.

Contributor: Ryan W. Miller

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