September 23, 2023
Latest delays on Kelowna-Calgary flights as airways brace for peak air journey – Kelowna Information

Canada’s aviation sector, already below pressure, is making ready for peak winter journey.

Castanet Information acquired a number of complaints the previous two weekends related to important delays skilled by Kelowna travellers connecting via Calgary Worldwide Airport.

Passengers reported ready on the tarmac on the airport upon touchdown, and earlier than departure, leading to delays of between an hour and three hours. Baggage was misplaced on a number of direct flights between Kelowna and Calgary.

WestJet, which is headquartered in Calgary, stated in an announcement that it’s onerous to pinpoint any explicit cause for the rash of latest delays.

The previous few weeks have introduced frigid climate, along with waits for de-icing “and at instances the supply of crew on the bottom pending plane arrival instances.”

“Delays can compound for a large number of causes,” a WestJet spokesperson stated.

Main airports throughout the nation have been struggling to cope with hovering journey demand because the pandemic wanes. Legions of annoyed travellers and ensuing within the subject has changing into political.

Transport Minister Omar Alghabra instructed CTV Information this week the feds are working with air journey stakeholders to make sure the summer season’s headline-grabbing issues don’t repeat.

“Look, Christmas is among the busiest instances of the yr,” he instructed CTV. “As a result of it’s going to be one of many busiest instances of the yr I anticipate there can be some lineups, however what I need to guarantee that by no means occurs once more is these unacceptable delays that we noticed final summer season, of cancellations, of frustration, of baggage loss.”

WestJet, in the meantime, says they’re “proactively” making ready for the vacation rush “and proceed to responsibly handle and plan for our operations to satisfy the anticipated demand of our friends and to proactively mitigate any foreseeable challenges.”

The airline says they’re working with companions to develop their hub and headquarters in Calgary by increasing ramp operations like baggage dealing with and plane floor motion.

“These modifications will allow us to higher plan and guarantee constant baggage motion, plane loading and towing whereas working alongside ATS, our associate in Calgary,” WestJet stated.

ATS, the bottom crew contractor, didn’t reply to request for remark.

In Kelowna, the airport says it’s beginning to see labour gaps shut, which ought to assist service ranges.

The height journey time in Kelowna is projected to be between Dec. 16 and 23 with Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays being the busiest days of the week.

Whereas it’s not anticipated air journey will attain pre-pandemic ranges—about 60,000 passenger via YLW in that timeframe as an alternative of 100,000—the airport is encouraging folks to arriving for his or her flights two hours early.

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