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Airlines post advisories as Hurricane Fiona approaches Atlantic Canada

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  •   09-23-2022  10:35 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Airlines post advisories as Hurricane Fiona approaches Atlantic Canada
Hurricane Fiona is heading northward to Nova Scotia. (Canadian Hurricane Centre)
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Following devastation in both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, Hurricane Fiona is now expected to make landfall in Atlantic Canada, with forecasters saying Friday (Sept. 23) that it will hit Halifax this weekend.

The weather event has been characterized as a “very powerful” post-tropical storm, with some meteorologists calling it “historic” as hurricane-forced winds are expected to generate more than 100 millimetres of rain across much of Atlantic Canada and eastern Quebec, sounding the alarm for potential flooding.

In its latest update, the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Fiona is surging northward and is expected to reach Nova Scotia late Friday night before passing through Cape Breton early Saturday.

The storm is also expected to reach Quebec’s Lower North Shore and southeastern Labrador early Sunday.

Airlines issue alerts

As such, Canadian airlines have issued advisories, announcing travel alerts to their Atlantic Canada schedules.

Air Canada has issued flight advisories for its airports in the Atlantic Canada region, as well as for flights to Bermuda.

If a flight is affected, is can be changed free of charge, the airline said in an online statement.

Air Canada recommends customers check their flight status or call Air Canada's automated flight information system at 1-888-422-7533 before heading to the airport.

Halifax, Bathurst, Charlottetown, Fredericton, Gander, Deer Lake, Moncton, Saint John, N.B, St, John’s, Nfld., Sydney and Îles-de-la-Madeleine are among the airports impacted.

Click here for more details.

Air Canada Vacations has also issued an advisory. Click here to view its list of affected flights.

WestJet posted an advisory and will suspend Halifax operations from the evening of Friday, Sept. 23 to the morning of Sunday, Sept. 25.

Click here to see which scheduled flights operating to and from Halifax have been cancelled.

“We continue to monitor Hurricane Fiona’s path closely and will make operational changes in the name of safety as required,” WestJet wrote on its website. “In the meantime, we urge our guests to follow all emergency response instructions provided by local authorities.”

“Guests travelling to or from Halifax are also advised to check the status of their flights prior to leaving for the airport.”

Porter, which also operates in Atlantic Canada, has also posted an alert.  

“If your flight is cancelled or delayed by 15 minutes or more, a flight notification will be sent to you,” the airport wrote on its website. “Passengers on eligible flights will be able to change or cancel their bookings online without penalty, space permitting.”

Low-cost carrier Swoop has also notified customers of changes due to the storm.

From Sept. 23 to 25, service may be impacted at select airports, which Swoop lists here, and Swoop, under its Hurricane/Tropical Storm Promise, will transfer the full amount paid into a credit valid for 90 days should a flight be affected. Click here for more.

At a news conference, Bob Robichaud, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said it’s important for people to not only focus on the track of the storm, noting that “severe impacts will be felt far beyond the centre.”

As of midday Friday, Hurricane Fiona was about 900 kilometres to the south of Halifax, with maximum winds of 215 km/h, moving northeast at 56 km/h.

“It’s very powerful,” Robichaud said.

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