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Amerijet MIAMIAMI: September 13, 2017. Miami International Airport expects a return to normal flight operations by the weekend of September 16/17 following Hurricane Irma. Cargo services began operating on September 12 with 147 arrivals and departures.

Hub carrier American Airlines said 1,390 flights up to September 19 have been canceled between points in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America.

The airline said Irma had forced the cancellation of 5,000 flights in total and the closure of 40 airports in Florida and the Caribbean. As a result it expects its third quarter 2017 pre-tax margin to fall from 10-12 percent to 8.5-10.5 percent of revenue.

Cargo ton-miles across its 350-city network rose 22.9 percent in August to 236.8 million year-on-year and increased 16.5 percent for the first eight months of 2017 to 1.8 billion.

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said 38,000 personnel from various government departments are engaged in recovery and post-Irma relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Puerto Rico, and Florida.

The agency said it is continuing search and rescue efforts throughout the Caribbean and the U.S. mainland with 127 lives and 53 pets saved in the past 24 hours by the Coast Guard, while 1,200 people were evacuated by the National Guard from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As of September 12, FEMA said it had shipped 3.8 million meals and 3.4 million liters of water to Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

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