British Columbia

Major airlines offering discounts on flights out of fire-stricken B.C. Interior

Canada’s two biggest airlines are offering discounts on flights out of the B.C. Interior due to the ongoing wildfires situation.

Airbnb hosts offering free accommodations to displaced residents

Both WestJet and Air Canada are offering discounts because of the wildfires in the B.C. Interior.

Canada's two biggest airlines are offering discounts on flights out of the B.C. Interior due to the ongoing wildfires situation.

Both WestJet and Air Canada unveiled the offers on Sunday after a series of wildfires broke out across the region, forcing thousands to flee their homes over the weekend.

WestJet is offering a 50 percent discount on flights booked by July 19, for travel up to July 25 from Prince George to other Canadian locations. 

The airline is also waiving their fee for changes or cancellations for flights in and out of Prince George, booked on or before July 9, and travelling between July 9 and July 25. 

Air Canada is offering a 25 percent discount on flights between now and July 22 from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George, and Williams Lake to any destination in North America.

In addition, Air Canada says anyone flying to, from, or via the affected areas between now and July 22 can make changes free of charge.

Free accommodations 

Airbnb is also waiving fees for some hosts who are offering free accommodations between July 8 and July 31 for those affected by the B.C. wildfires. 

There are currently 21 listings for rooms or homes in various locations, including the Thompson-Nicola region, Central Okanagan and South Coast.

In order for the fees to be waived, users must follow the rental steps and will be prompted by a message asking if the user has been displaced by British Columbia's wildfires.

People who are interested in offering their home for free to people displaced by the fires, or volunteers and emergency workers can list their place on the home-sharing website.