January 05, 2015 - 2:30 PM
KELOWNA – Crews at Kelowna International Airport are asking travellers to be patient as they struggle to keep up with the massive amount of snow that continues to fall in the Southern Interior.
Jenelle Hynes with YLW says there have been multiple delays all day however only 10 inbound and 10 outbound flights have been cancelled.
All but one of those flights cancelled have been with WestJet.
“WestJet flights make up around 60 per cent of all the flights into and out of YLW and they are running low on de-icing liquid,” Hynes says. “That’s causing delays and cancellations on their side.”
Although the airport has its own de-icing fluid, each individual airline is responsible for maintaining their own stock of the substance used to keep ice from forming on vital aircraft components.
In order to ensure travellers get to their destinations, WestJet will be bringing in a larger aircraft tonight for the 10:55 p.m. flight to Calgary. They are also bringing in four additional flights tomorrow.
“Our crews are doing a great job keeping the runways clear but this is a very heavy snowfall so we’re asking passengers due to fly out or (who) are picking up guests to check the airport website and arrive early,” Hynes says.
If your flight is listed as cancelled you are asked to contact the airline directly.
“Most of the time the airlines will automatically rebook you on the next flight but it’s always a good idea to check with the airline.”
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