One other day of main flight cancellations at Kelowna’s airport – Kelowna Information
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UPDATE: 2:03 p.m.
Severe weather conditions have forced the YLW to cancel more outgoing flights, bringing their total to 30 cancellations on Friday.
Airport director Sam Samaddar tells Castanet the rest of the aircraft they have continue to operate, but are delayed due to these difficult circumstances. He expects things to return to normal by tomorrow.
“I think tomorrow should pick up because Vancouver temperatures are above zero, so they won’t need to do any de-icing. We’re expecting, unless the airlines do more cancellations, a full day of operations.”
YLW is expecting to get the rest of their flights out today, but people should expect to be delayed.
ORIGINAL: 9:50 a.m.
The winter storm hitting B.C. has led to even more cancelled flights at Kelowna’s airport.
The majority of departures to destinations in B.C. this morning are not taking place.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, there have been 26 cancellations and 10 delays for flights both arriving and departing.
WestJet on Thursday night proactively cancelled all flights into and out of Vancouver and four other B.C. airports through to Friday afternoon. Air Canada also made major proactive cancellations.
The current weather conditions and incoming weather systems forecasted in the Okanagan and at other connecting airports could further impact flights in and out of Kelowna, says the airport.
YLW says passengers should expect more cancellations and delays in the coming days.
These cancellations continue to pile up as the airport cancelled 44 flights Sunday, 10 flights Monday, 55 flights on Tuesday, and another 14 on both Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
In an attempt to get travellers where they need to be in time for the holidays, the airport has teamed up with Cheers! Okanagan Tours to provide bus service between Kelowna and Vancouver’s airports.
Shuttles will be available between YLW and YVR December 23, 24, and 25.
Travel to YVR will be loading at 7:00 a.m. while travel coming the other way will load at 2:00 p.m.
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