By Cailey Rizzo
September 04, 2018
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Tropical Storm Gordon is gathering strength and could make landfall as a hurricane on Tuesday evening, affecting travelers flying to and from the Gulf Coast.

If it gathers enough strength, Gordon would be the first Atlantic hurricane to hit the U.S. this year. Surges are expected in coastal Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to the National Hurricane Center. These areas could receive more than one foot of rain.

Residents in the area are urged to listen to local officials for advice. Those with plans to travel to and from the coast this week will find change fees waived for many airlines.

American Airlines is waiving change fees for flights to and from Baton Rouge, Panama City, Biloxi, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans, Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach for flights booked through September 5. Rebooking must happen before September 9.

Alaska Airlines will change flights to New Orleans booked through September 6. Rebooked travel must be completed before September 14.

Delta Air Lines flights to and from Baton Rouge, Destin, Gulfport, Lafayette, Mobile, New Orleans, Panama City and Pensacola are affected through September 5. Rebooked travel must begin before September 9 for the change fee to be waived.

Frontier Airlines passengers flying to or from New Orleans, Jackson or Pensacola through September 6 can rebook their travel to any time before September 28.

JetBlue customers with travel booked to New Orleans through September 5 can rebook through September 7.

Southwest will rebook flights scheduled to and from New Orleans, Pensacola and Panama City through September 5. Rebooked travel must occur within 14 days of the original travel day.

Spirit Airlines is offering passengers the ability to change flights to and from New Orleans through September 5. Rebooked flights must be before September 11.

United Airlines passengers traveling through Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Ft. Walton Beach. Gulfport, Jackson, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Mobile, Monroe, New Orleans, Panama City, Pensacola or Shreveport on September 4 and 5 can change their flights without a fee. Rebooked travel must happen on or before September 9.