Travellers hoping to make it home for the holidays are facing several delays and cancellations at the Calgary International Airport, although some say the situation could be much worse.
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Flights from Calgary to Toronto are facing delays and cancellations after the region was hit overnight by a wicked ice storm that left residents without power and wreaked havoc on streets. Some of the outages are expected to last until Christmas and airlines are advising travellers expect waits.
"Adverse weather can reduce airport operations and affect an airline's ability to keep to its schedule, but we are doing our utmost to get customers safety to their destination and we appreciate our customers' patience and understanding," said Klaus Goersch, CEO of Air Canada in a press release.
Travellers whose flights are cancelled are advised by Air Canada not to go to the airport unless they have a confirmed ticket on another flight.
They are also being advised not to go to the airports to re-book, as there will likely be long lines and wait-times.
"The impact at [Calgary] is not terribly significant, especially relative to [Toronto]," said Brie Ogle, a spokesperson with Westjet. "Any local impact would be the result of issues there."
According to CBC reporter Sherry Aske in Ottawa, weather conditions mean the usable parts of runways at airports in Toronto and Montreal are shorter than usual.
That's forcing some airlines to bump passengers from planes that are required to be lighter for safe takeoff and landing.
Flight information is available on the Calgary International Airport website and travellers are advised to check their flight status regularly.