Apple Vacations Travel Advisory – Tropical Storm Lidia

Updated September 4, 2017-12:30 pm EDT

Following the passing of Tropical Storm Lidia, the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is open. With few exceptions, the destination has returned to normal operations. Passengers scheduled to arrive whose hotels which are currently closed pending clean-up have been contacted with their options.

Updated September 1, 2017, 3:00 PM, EDT

From Apple Vacations: The Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is open.  All reports from hotels and Amstar state that clients are safe and in their hotels.

Assessment from the Los Cabos Tourism Board: Tropical Storm Lidia

Following the passing of Tropical Storm Lidia, Los Cabos Tourism Board wishes to assure visitors that all protocols to keep tourists safe are in full effect. Authorities are fully activated and are implementing a coordinated response to ensure the safety of all travelers and residents in the aftermath.

Initial assessments indicate that some areas and hotels have experienced flooding. However, thanks to the destination’s emergency preparedness, infrastructure and community effort, the response has been swift and effective to mitigate the impact. We are working closely with all stakeholders in response and recovery.

At this time, the Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is open. Airport officials are working to resume normal operations as soon as possible.

We continue to urge everyone to take all safety precautions and follow instructions provided by the Proteccion Civil as well as their hotels and residences. We are monitoring the situation and will keep everyone informed.

Updated September 1, 2017, 12:00 PM, EDT

Tropical storm Lidia is causing heavy rains in the destination.  Amstar in Cabo San Lucas is providing regular updates to us via satellite communication.  The airport is currently closed and flights are not operating.  All guests remain at their hotels, however, telephone, internet and cell phone service are affected and may not be available in many properties.

Updated August 31, 2017

Tropical Storm Lidia is approaching the Baja California Peninsula bringing the threat of flooding rain, strong winds, and some storm surge flooding. A hurricane watch has been issued for Baja California Sur from Puerto Cortes to east of La Paz. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Baja California Peninsula from Puerto Abreojos to Mulege and also for mainland Mexico from Bahia Tempehuaya to Bahia Kino.

As of 11:00am Thursday morning, the center of the storm was about 45 miles from Cabo San Lucas, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Gusty winds and heavy rain will affect Los Cabos through Friday. Currently, Los Cabos is receiving heavy rain. Excursions have been cancelled, and customers remain in their hotels.

For passengers scheduled to travel: If you purchased AV-OK Total Vacation Security, you may change or cancel with a full refund less the AV-OK premium. If not, please be advised that cancellation and change policies vary by hotel and airline. If you are scheduled to travel to Los Cabos in the next few days, please contact your travel agent or our Reservations Call Center at 1-800-365-2775 and we will work with you to reschedule your travel arrangements.

Please check with your airline at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure, and again before leaving for the airport. You can set up automatic flight alerts by visiting your airline’s website and entering your flight numbers. If you are traveling on a scheduled air flight that has been delayed or cancelled, your travel agent (if applicable) should contact Apple Vacations so that we can update your transfer/hotel accordingly. If you did not book through a travel agent, contact our Day of Departure Services Dept. at 1-800-517-2000, prompt 2, then prompt 1.

For the most current status of Tropical Storm Lidia, visit the National Hurricane Center’s website.

Links to airline policies currently in effect:

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American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

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United Airlines

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