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B.C. wildfire emergency prompts re-booking options from Air Canada, WestJet

Verne Tom stops to check on a wildfire burning on a logging road approximately 20km southwest of Fort St. James, B.C., on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the response to the more than 500 wildfires burning across the province.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
August 16, 2018 - 9:30 AM

WestJet and Air Canada are offering more flexible flight options for passengers booked to fly in or out of some cities in British Columbia, where hundreds of wildfires have sparked a state of emergency.

WestJet says passengers scheduled to travel to or from Kamloops, Kelowna, Penticton, Prince George or Terrace between now and Aug. 22 can cancel or rebook their flights without a penalty fee.

Air Canada tickets for flights up until Aug. 22 heading in or out of six cities in the B.C. interior can be changed free of charge to another date before Sept. 1.

The B.C. government declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to more than 500 fires that have burned through the province's firefighting capacity and triggered international support.

Firefighters from Australia, New Zealand and Mexico are now taking part in the fight.

Ottawa announced Monday it would deploy 200 soldiers and several aircraft to help battle the fires.

Companies in the story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)

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