Gusty wind cancels, delays flights at Kamloops Airport

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Airport has cancelled three flights and delayed another because high wind speeds.

Operations manager Fred Legace says the Calgary and Vancouver flight cancellations come out of "an abundance of caution" for flight carriers and says with high wind speeds, the flight would be a rocky one.

Kamloops wind speeds are between 70 and 80 kilometres per hour, Legace says. Vancouver is experiencing the same flight delays with wind speeds over 90 km/h.

“It’s an extraordinarily rough ride. It can get bad enough people can get hurt. The airlines just do not want to do that,” Legace says, adding the wind directions can also impact landing.

“We don’t want to subject people to that ride only to turn around and take them back (because of an inability to land,)” he says.

For up to date information on flight traffic, visit the Kamloops airport website here.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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