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American to waive fee to change Miami flights

A customer speaks with an agent at the American Airlines ticket counter at Miami International Airport, March 24, 2011. (John W. Adkisson/Getty Images)

With airline traffic badly snarled by a blaze at Miami International Airport, American Airlines said Friday that it wouldn’t charge Miami-bound passengers a fee for switching flights to another airport or traveling on another day.

Cancellations and delays have soared as airlines struggled to refuel planes after a fire in the airport’s fuel farm Wednesday night. At mid-day Friday, 95 departures at Miami International had been canceled and just 43 percent of flights left on-time, according to The site, which monitors airline traffic, tallied 106 cancellations on Thursday out of 570 scheduled departures. Get the full story »