A Kansas Pilot heads to Fort Lauderdale to ferry people to safety

Miami and south Florida's airports funnel millions of travels in and out of the area's tourist attractions each year.

With Hurricane Irma coming closer, traffic is beginning to wind down ahead of the storm.

American Airlines plans to cancel flights across the region for the weekend.

Their decision will ground thousands of flights.

For one Kansas pilot, he's flying to Fort Lauderdale to ferry people to safety.

"There is a business partner that's also an aircraft dealer that works with us. So it started as us needing to evacuate the planes for financial reasons but grew into something more. I'm taking five adults a child and a dog out in the airplane," says Zachary Wilkinson.

The pilot says his first plane will head down today, with a second flight taking off for Florida Friday morning.