Huntsville International welcomes jets from Savannah, Ga before Hurricane Matthew arrives

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - The effects of Hurricane Matthew are being felt all over, including right here in the Tennessee Valley. Huntsville International welcomed 40 jets from Gulfstream Aerospace Wednesday, in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew arriving along the east coast.

“They started arriving at 10 this morning," says Samantha Nielsen with Huntsville International.

The jets of all different sizes and purposes flew to the airport.  “We’re parking them right now in our extra facilities and they’re going to just wait out the storms and once everything’s clear for them to go back, they’ll head back to the east coast,' says Nielsen.

This isn't the first time Gulfstream has relied on Huntsville during stormy weather.  “We’ve worked with them in the past so they know our size and the quantity we can handle," she says.

Nielsen says it was a no brainer opening up their space. She says it's all about being a good neighbor. “We have the facilities and the capacity to help out so when they contacted us in need to relocate their equipment, we’re happy to help when we can," says Nielsen.

Gulfstream is allowed to keep the jets here at the airport for as long as they need, but they're hoping to fly them all back once the storm has moved out of Savannah.