WestJet cancels flights in Canada in the middle of a storm: “Unlike anything we have experienced” | globalnews.ca

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WestJet says it is proactively canceling flights at airports in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec as storm systems bear down on the regions.

The airline says the cancellations apply to all flights scheduled to arrive and depart from Toronto Pearson International Airport beginning Friday at 9 a.m. ET through the end of the day.

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All scheduled flights to and from Vancouver International Airport between 11:50 pm Pacific Time on Thursday and Friday afternoon are also cancelled.

Other airports affected by service disruptions include those in Ottawa, London, Montreal, Waterloo, Abbotsford, Victoria, Nanaimo and Comox.

As of Thursday night, WestJet had canceled 243 flights scheduled for Friday in the Vancouver region, Vancouver Island, and southern Ontario and Quebec. That is in addition to the 119 cancellations on Thursday.

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The airline says that all affected guests have been notified.


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Diederik Pen, WestJet’s chief operating officer, says in a statement that the decision to suspend more flights is extremely difficult but necessary to fly safely with as little disruption as possible when the weather improves.

“The prolonged and extreme weather events that continue to affect multiple regions of Canada are unlike anything we have experienced,” Pen said Thursday.

This week, WestJet said it had to cancel 104 flights on Sunday, December 18, 146 flights on Monday, December 19, 240 flights on Tuesday, December 20, and 192 flights on Wednesday, December 21.

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