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Canadian Weather: Cold weather delays and cancels flights IG News

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Extreme cold temperatures are hitting Canada’s busiest airports, with many facing delays and dozens of cancellations.

According to Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, 30 departures and 39 arrivals were canceled and many flights were delayed between Friday and Saturday as of 5 p.m. EST.

Severe weather events, such as a nationwide snowstorm, reduce the number of safe landings an airport can accommodate. While cancellations can cause their own frustrations for airlines and travelers alike, delays can create bottlenecks on departing flights, leaving passengers and staff stranded at airports for hours.

“While no one can control the weather, we can control our response to it,” said Sean Davidson, senior communications and media relations advisor at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA). “We have spent the last year purchasing new high-tech snow removal equipment, improving our de-icing facility and ensuring we are fully staffed to handle the complexities of winter operations.”

Several Canadian airlines are dealing with delays that are expected to last into the weekend.

“Out of an abundance of caution for safety, we are limiting the amount of time our crews and ground partners work outside,” WestJet said in a statement Friday. “WestJet is proactively managing its operations and has implemented multiple cancellations as needed.”

WestJet said it had 87 flights canceled on Thursday and 86 on Friday.

Sunwing Airlines said it is closely monitoring the weather forecast, but travelers with flights departing between Friday and Saturday are encouraged to sign up for flight alerts and check flight status before travel.

In the nation’s capital, Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport, 23 inbound and outbound flights were canceled between Friday and Saturday, while 34 different flights were canceled in Montreal between Friday and Saturday.

Only a few flights were canceled at Winnipeg Richardson International Airport on Friday. To the west, 35 inbound and outbound flights were canceled at Calgary International Airport on Friday, while 25 inbound and outbound flights were canceled and dozens delayed at Edmonton International Airport between Friday and Saturday.

“As a winter airport, we plan and execute for a variety of situations to ensure safety and efficiency for our passengers and staff,” said Megan Hall, Edmonton International Airport Senior Communications Advisor. “As we are currently experiencing flight impacts due to the weather, we encourage people to check their flight status before arriving at the airport and allow more time to get here.”

At Vancouver International Airport, 18 flights were canceled and nearly 40 were delayed throughout the day.

“We are seeing continued delays and cancellations of flights arriving in Vancouver today as severe winter weather conditions continue to affect Canada and the United States,” said Adriana Unger, communications specialist for the Vancouver Airport Authority. “We continue to advise travelers to check with their airline before arriving at the airport.”

In the US, winter weather is causing major disruptions to air travel, with nearly 2,000 flight cancellations on Friday morning, the most since July 2023. Most of the delays are due to a winter storm that hit the Midwest, with more than 650 flights canceled only at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, cancellations due to the landing of Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft also contribute to the total.

Alaska Airlines and United Airlines have seen hundreds of canceled flights this week after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded more than 150 737 Max 9 planes. The FAA’s decision came after an Alaska Airlines plane took off last Friday piece of fuselage, with a gaping hole in the side of the plane that tore the headrests from the seats as the plane flew at 16,000 feet shortly after takeoff from Portland, Oregon. , which carries 177 people.

Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it was canceling all 737 Max 9 flights through Saturday — about 110-150 flights a day.

No Canadian airlines operate the 737 Max 9.


With files from CNN

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