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Smoky skies cause cancellations at the Kamloops Airport

August 01, 2017 - 12:15 PM

KAMLOOPS - For the first time since the wildfire crisis in B.C. began, flights out of the Kamloops Airport are being impacted by the thick cloud of smoke enveloping the region.

YKA Managing Director Fred Legace says although the smoke has been lingering in Kamloops for weeks it has just now reached the point where flights have had to be cancelled.

"There is an airspace restriction over the Monte Lake fire and it is interfering with approaches coming in and out," says Legace. "The best idea that I can give to people is to contact their carrier and get the most up to date information for themselves."

Air Canada is the only airline that has announced cancellations so far with the 9:35 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. flights to Calgary already cancelled. Three Air Canada flights to Vancouver have been cancelled as well.

There are still several flights with Air Canada and West Jet that are marked as "On Time", however the status of those flights could change.

There is no timeline for how long flights will be impacted, which Legace says is tied to environmental conditions.

To check the status of Air Canada flights, go here.

To check the status of West Jet flights, go here.

To check the status of Central Mountain Air flights, go here.

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