TORONTO — Air Canada and WestJet have issued extreme cold temperature alerts for passengers flying in and out of Toronto.
Air Canada’s alert, effective all day today (Dec. 29), applies to both Pearson Airport and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. At both airports flights may be impacted by forecasted strong wind conditions and subsequent Air Traffic Control restrictions.
Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy for customers booked on affected YYZ and YTZ flights, to facilitate changes to bookings. Passengers wishing to make alternate travel arrangements can do so without penalty, space permitting. Prior to leaving for the airport, Air Canada asks that passengers check their flight status, or call Air Canada’s automated flight information system at 1-888-422-7533.
WestJet has also issued an alert, advising that an extreme cold warning has been announced for Toronto and that weather conditions may cause delays or cancellations. “We advise all guests travelling to or from [Toronto] between Dec. 28, 2017 and Jan. 1, 2018 to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport. Additional updates will be posted as they are available.”
Environment Canada says the cold weather is sticking around for a while, giving the travel industry a late Christmas gift to get the phones ringing: the coldest end-of-year temperatures in almost 25 years.