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Air Canada travel alert warns of more delays

Jan. 9, 2014, Toronto - Air Canada is warning passengers to expect more flight cancellations and delays today.


January 9, 2014
By The Canadian Press

Canada’s largest airline says flights to or from parts of Canada and the United States may be affected by the winter weather.

 

The
alert covers Ottawa, Toronto’s Pearson International and Billy Bishop
airports, Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport and airports in St.
Johns, N.L. and Halifax.

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It also covers U.S. airports in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

Air
Canada says passengers should check their flight status online before
leaving for the airport and that those booked on affected flights will
be able to rebook without penalty, space permitting.

 

The alert
follows weather related problems earlier this week that caused backlogs
and delays involving many airlines at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

 

The
delays were a result of extreme cold triggering a ground stop at the
Toronto airport on Tuesday, which prevented North American flights from
landing for more than eight hours.

 

The airport instituted the
ground stop after Tuesday’s wind chill readings hovered around the -40 C
mark and more than 600 flights were cancelled during the day.

 

Airport
officials said the ground stop was implemented because of how the cold
was affecting equipment and to minimize time outdoors for employees.

 

Air
Canada had advised travellers Wednesday that severe winter conditions
in Eastern Canada and the U.S. northeast were still impacting its
operations.