A bird flies as others perch above floodwaters from Hurricane Lane rainfall on the Big Island on August 23, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii.
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Cailey Rizzo
August 24, 2018

As heavy rains brought to the region by Hurricane Lane flood parts of Hawaii, U.S. airlines are issuing waivers for those scheduled to travel during the storm.

The Category 2 storm is expected to whip across Hawaii’s central islands, including Oahu and Maui, on Friday night. Ahead of the storm, the island has already received 19 inches of rain. The storm may weaken by Saturday but Gov. David Ige has urged residents to set aside two weeks’ worth of emergency supplies.

Those trying to leave Hawaii ahead of the storm will find capped fares, ensuring that airline surge pricing cannot take place.

“Please be advised that seats on flights for the next few days remain very limited because of high load factors,” Hawaiian Airlines advised.

Select airlines have already begun canceling flights and allowing passengers to change their travel plans for free.

Hawaiian Airlines

Waived change fees for flights through Aug. 28. Flights that are rebooked on or before Sept. 9 will have any difference in fare eliminated.

Delta Air Lines

Passengers can rebook flights scheduled through Aug. 24 traveling to or from Seoul, Honolulu, Kona, Lihue or Maui. Rebooked flights must begin no later than Aug. 27.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines will allow passengers to change flights scheduled through Aug. 26. Change fees and price differences are waived for flights to and from Kauai, Kona, Maui, and Oahu.

United Airlines

United has issued a travel waiver, valid through Aug. 26, on flights scheduled to Hilo, Honolulu, Maui, Kona, and Lihue.

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