The hurricane also wreaked havoc at some Florida municipal and commercial airports and made others inaccessible by downing trees on access roads. Boca Raton lost most of its hangars, and Hollywood-North Perry sustained extensive damage to its tower and roof.
Tourists in Mexico were still struggling late Tuesday to get out of that country due to Wilma-related disruptions.
Continental Airlines and Denver-based Frontier Airlines Inc. dispatched planes to Merida, about 170 miles west of Cancun, because the Cancun airport still had no electricity or flight control.
Associated Press Writer Leslie Miller in Washington contributed to this report.
At least 2,000 flights have been canceled into and out of South Florida's three major airports, and normal service may not resume until mid-week.
Hurricane Wilma could hold up travelers another day.
Wilma shut down Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for three days and West Palm Beach International for two.