This blog post was updated on August 21, 2019.
Delays and cancellations lingered into Friday at Miami International Airport after an early morning fuel fire on Thursday wreaked havoc on air traffic.
The massive blaze and ensuing fuel shortage led to the cancellation of nearly 180 flights.
The disruption left thousands of tourists stranded as Miami heads into its peak tourist season.
American Airlines, which operates nearly 70 percent of the flights out of MIA, was the carrier hit hardest by delays.
The effects of the disruption in traffic rippled worldwide; Miami is the second-busiest airport in the US when it comes to international flights. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Source: Miami Herald