Friday, August 22nd19.8°C
22951
22501

Airlines in final stages of clearing huge backlog of flyers at Pearson airport

TORONTO - Canada's two biggest airlines say they're close to clearing the backlog of passengers who had flights delayed or cancelled during this week's partial shutdown of Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick says the airline's remaining travellers who had their plans disrupted when the airport temporarily stopped North American flights Tuesday should be cleared as of Friday.

WestJet's Robert Palmer says flyers who were impacted by the shutdown have now all been booked on new flights.

The delays were a result of extreme cold triggering a ground stop at the Toronto airport on Tuesday, which prevented North American flights from landing for more than eight hours.

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which runs Pearson, says it's looking into how it responded to the deep freeze, which saw 600 flights cancelled Tuesday and another 400 scuttled Wednesday.

It says airlines and the civil aviation service NAV Canada will be involved in the review.

Air Canada and WestJet brought in additional capacity to shrink the backlog, which WestJet says affected some 22,000 of its passengers travelling through the airport.

Air Canada added roughly 5,000 more seats in the last three days, while a chartered Boeing 747 jumbo jet carried nearly 500 WestJet customers from Toronto to Calgary on Thursday night.

"It's probably the biggest disruption in recent memory," Palmer said.

Air Canada's Fitzpatrick says a large backlog of luggage still remains but that the personal cargo should be reunited with owners this weekend.

Pearson instituted the ground stop after Tuesday's wind chill readings hovered around the -40 C mark.

Airport officials said it was necessary because of how the cold was affecting equipment and to minimize time outdoors for employees.

The Canadian Press


Read more Business News

22671


Recent Trending




Today's Market
S&P TSX15538.99-16.27
S&P CDNX1004.712.51
DJIA17009.18-30.31
Nasdaq4541.497+9.393
S&P 5001989.54-2.83
CDN Dollar0.9138-0.0002
Gold1279.10+5.40
Oil96.30+1.82
Lumber352.80-2.80
Natural Gas3.845-0.044

 
Okanagan Companies
Pacific Safety0.18-0.005
Knighthawk0.01-0.005
QHR Technologies Inc1.20-0.01
Cantex0.065-0.005
Anavex Life Sciences0.265+0.005
Metalex Ventures0.08+0.005
Russel Metals36.67-0.92
Copper Mountain Mining3.02+0.14
Colorado Resources0.175-0.01
ReliaBrand Inc0.08-0.015
Sunrise Resources Ltd0.025-0.005
Mission Ready Services0.24+0.025

 



22852

FEATURED Property
1876180#143-1050 Springfield Rd
$369,900
more details
image2image2image2
Click here to feature your property
Please wait... loading


What is a journey without a destination?

Photo: ContributedI would call it a joy ride... You see a planned project or business has a destination. It may be an ongoing revenue stream, it may be a business value or an exit strategy. If you don...


Joint accounts: what you need to know!

Establishing a joint account may seem like a great strategy at first glance. However, there are many factors that must be considered before taking this action. This article will explore the use of &ls...


Cost of an Injury Lawyer

Let’s face it; nobody wants to pay for legal services if they do not have to, but if you have been injured in an accident you may have thought about hiring a lawyer to help you navigate your cla...

_



22885

22885


Member of BC Press Council


22814