Airlines accused of hiking prices as people escape Hurricane Irma | Metro News

Airlines have been accused of hiking flight prices from Florida airports as thousands try to escape Hurricane Irma’s path.

John Lyons said he booked a one-way American Airlines ticket for his daughter to come home on Thursday night.

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He paid $160. However, now the category five hurricane looms closer, tickets that he claims are booked through the same itinerary have shot up to more than $1,000.

Lyons posted on Facebook: ‘Very bad job by American Airlines. Booked a one-way ticket last night for my daughter to come home this Thursday night using this exact itinerary. Paid $160.00.

‘Now with hurricane warnings in effect, American is gouging for the same ticket to the tune of over $1,000 per person and close friends daughter who cannot afford is stranded.’

He included screenshots of the new pricing, which stands at $1,028 for a one-way ticket from Miami to Hartford in Connecticut.

But a spokesperson for American Airlines told Metro US it has not hiked prices and has increased capacity to help people escape Florida.

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