StarNews Wilmington

Hurricane Matthew affecting travel plans

Hurricane Matthew’s effect on travel plans in the area was beginning to be felt as the storm approached the United States, those in the industry said.

The storm has prompted airlines flying out of Wilmington International Airport to issue travel alerts that allow passengers to change their flights, said Gary Broughton, deputy director of the airport.

“If you meet certain criteria … it means their change fees will be waived,” he said.

Angie Fanning, owner of AwayBug Travel, said Tuesday she has received calls from clients concerned about traveling this weekend.

“It’s definitely affecting people,” she said. “I don’t see how they can fly out (of airports) on Saturday.”