Hundreds Of Flights Cancelled By Westjet & Sunwing Due To Winter Storms Across Canada
Flights out of Ontario and BC have come to a halt.
"Due to a significant winter storm system scheduled to impact Southern Ontario and Quebec regions, WestJet has proactively cancelled all scheduled flights arriving and departing Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) beginning at 9:00 a.m. EST on Friday, December 23 until end of day," the airline said in a statement Thursday evening.
Those cancellations extend to its operations throughout the rest of Ontario and Quebec, with WestJet service also being cancelled into and out of Ottawa International Airport (YOW), London International Airport (YXU), the Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF) and Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL).
In all, WestJet said these "proactive cancellations" will impact 140 flights across those five airports.
A restart on December 24 is "dependent on weather conditions."
"The prolonged and extreme weather events that continue to impact multiple regions across Canada are unlike anything we’ve experienced," said WestJet's Chief Operations Officer, Diederik Pen, in a statement. "With the additional storms forecasted to impact British Columbia, Southern Ontario and Quebec, we are taking a proactive and measured approach to protect our operations and prioritize recovery flying this weekend."
In B.C., WestJet had suspended service at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) as of Thursday evening, "until the late afternoon of Friday, December 23, dependent on weather conditions."
Flights have also been cancelled at Abbotsford International Airport (YXX), Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Nanaimo Airport (YCD) and Comox Airport (YQQ).
That move impacted another 126 flights.
Count em' up and WestJet has cancelled 266 flights over the course of one day because of these two major winter storms and there's no telling if operations have any chance of resuming on schedule.
The airline said all impacted customers have been notified.
WestJet's website also shows that tickets for flights over the next few days aren't available.
Sunwing Airlines has taken proactive cancellations another step further for some of its customers.
Essentially, most of its flights anywhere west of Ontario are being impacted up to and including Christmas day.
\u201cDue to severe winter weather, all southbound Sunwing flights from Vancouver up to and including Dec 25, 2022 are cancelled, effective immediately. Customers with cancelled flights will receive a full refund to their original form of payment (no action required).\u201d— Sunwing Vacations (@Sunwing Vacations) 1671751106
"Due to severe winter weather, all southbound Sunwing flights from Vancouver up to and including Dec 25, 2022 are cancelled, effective immediately," the airline said in a Tweet Thursday evening.
In another tweet some two hours later, Sunwing said those cancellations would extend to Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg airports with departures up to and including December 25, "as a result of Vancouver’s weather conditions, stranding several planes and crew.'
\u201cAs a result of Vancouver\u2019s weather conditions, stranding several planes and crew, we\u2019ve cancelled select southbound flights with departures up to and including Dec 25, 2022 from Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg airports, effectively immediately.\u201d— Sunwing Vacations (@Sunwing Vacations) 1671758640
It's unclear the total number of Sunwing flights that are impacted by this.
To show just how chaotic holiday travel has been so far, Sunwing had also announced it was making full refunds available to any customers "experiencing flight delays of 24+ hours."
While you only need to take a quick look at the departure board at Toronto or Vancouver's international airports (which are lit up like Christmas trees) to see that Air Canada is facing the same problem of delays and cancellations, the airline so far hasn't made any major service cancellation announcements.
What AC had announced is a "flexible rebooking policy" for anyone with flights through Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, or Montreal up until December 28, as long as those flights were booked before December 21.
\u201cWith winter storms, a new goodwill policy lets customers cancel flights online and receive a full refund or voucher on tickets purchased on or before Dec. 21 for any flight between Dec. 22-26. \n\nDetails https://t.co/A0qSxJlcRi \n1/2\u201d— Air Canada (@Air Canada) 1671756050
At the end of the day, flying just about anywhere in Canada this holiday season is shaping up to be a complete game of chance, and if you can, you might want to opt out of playing altogether.
- Passengers At Pearson Airport Chant 'F**k You Sunwing' After Baggage Delay (VIDEO) ›
- Ontario’s Weather Forecast Calls For A ‘Crippling’ Blizzard Going Into The Holiday Weekend ›
- 5 Pearson Airport Hacks That Will Make Travelling Faster & A Lot Easier Over The Holidays ›
- Ontario's Weather Forecast Warns Of 'High Impact' Multi-Day Blizzard & Here's When It Stops - Narcity ›
- Cringey Holiday Content From Doug Ford & Transport Canada Is Getting So Much Hate (VIDEOS) - Narcity ›
- Ontario's Highway 401 Is Pure Chaos Thanks To The Storm & 'Up To 100 Vehicles' Have Crashed - Narcity ›
- Some VIA Rail Trains Are 'Immobilized' Due To The Storm & People Have Been Stuck Since Yesterday - Narcity ›
- Feds Say They're Looking At Strengthening Air Passenger Protection Rules After Flight Delays - Narcity ›