NEW YORK — Pilot Travel Center has announced that it will close 1 and 1/2 of its flights in Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey and Connecticut, as a result of Hurricane Florence.
The company said the decision came after receiving more than 500 emails, texts and calls from customers about their travel plans during the hurricane, which was expected to bring more than 130 inches of rain in several states.
“We are not alone in this decision,” said CEO Stephen Schulman in a statement.
“We have worked hard to ensure that our business is resilient to the next round of weather.
However, due to the unique circumstances of Hurricane Florence, we are making this decision at this time.
The company will not be offering any more service during the next 48 hours.
Pilots will be able to continue flying through their current flights but will need to cancel all future flights.
There will be no refunds or cancellations.”
Pilot Travel Center announced in a blog post on Wednesday that the company would be closing its operations to the public on Friday.
The decision was made as a direct result of the devastating impacts of Hurricane Matthew, which has claimed the lives of more than 25,000 people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Piloton said it will offer refunds and exchanges to those affected by the hurricane.
Pilota’s closure is the latest in a string of closures that have caused the company to shut down some of its operations.
Pilot travel company, Pilots for America, announced earlier this month that it would be shutting down some operations due to Florence.
The closure has also resulted in a sharp decline in travel traffic to the airline.PILOT TRAVELERS IN NEW JERSEY: PILOTS FOR AMERICA will continue to provide assistance and help with the logistics of the closure of our facilities and operations.
“We will be monitoring our customers and ensuring they have the resources they need to reestablish their operations, including the ability to re-book flights.
We will provide refunds to those who did not purchase tickets and will be working closely with the local airport authorities to provide them with additional assistance,” the airline said in a post on Facebook.
According to Pilot Travel, the company was in the process of closing down a number of its locations around the country, including in Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Phoenix.
The company also said it would also be closing one of its stores in Washington, D.C. on Friday, and one in Atlanta on Saturday.
While there are some flights scheduled to resume in a few areas, the closures will likely only last until Friday, when a number will resume flights to other destinations.