Flights to Vancouver cancelled due to rain storms in Toronto

Flights to Vancouver cancelled due to rain storms in Toronto

Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for Toronto and Montreal due to the storm

Canada’s major airlines have introduced new, flexible rebooking policies for flights affected by Hurricane Beryl.

Environment Canada issued rainfall warnings for parts of southern Ontario and Quebec on Tuesday, July 9, as the remnants of Hurricane Beryl are expected to inundate the East Coast until Thursday morning.

Toronto residents were told to expect “torrential” rainfall of up to 40 millimetres per hour, while local flooding is possible in Montreal.

Hurricane Beryl barreled across open waters as a powerful Category 4 storm toward Jamaica on July 2, after making landfall in the southeastern Caribbean earlier this year, killing at least six people.

Toronto’s Lester B Pearson International Airport (YYZ) says flights to Mexico and Jamaica have largely returned to normal following disruptions last week. However, numerous flights have been cancelled on routes to some southern US states due to local weather.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) now classifies Beryl as a post-tropical cyclone over southeastern Missouri.

Tanya Crowell, spokeswoman for Vancouver International Airport (YVR), told VIA that the airport continues to monitor Hurricane Beryl’s path and is “aware of thunderstorms and hurricane-force winds causing delays to flights arriving and departing Dallas/Fort Worth International, Tampa International and Orlando International.”

What should I do if my flight to or from Vancouver may be affected by Hurricane Beryl?

Canada’s major airlines are offering flexible change and cancellation policies for travelers booked on flights affected by Hurricane Beryl.

Travelers departing from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) should check local weather and conditions at their destination before heading to the airport. They should also check conditions at the airport en route to their destination to see how they may affect their trip.

Locals should also purchase travel insurance that includes trip interruption, trip cancellation, medical expenses over $5 million, and comprehensive baggage loss and delay. Passengers are advised to read the fine print of their policy.

WestJet Hurricane Policy

WestJet has instituted its Tropical Storm/Hurricane Promise for guests affected by Hurricane Beryl. Those traveling to or from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston or Austin, Texas, between July 7 and 9 can take advantage of the airline’s flexible change policy.

Travel advisories for hurricanes/tropical storms are issued based on information from the Canadian Hurricane Centre or the (US) National Hurricane Center.

WestJet offers you several options if your trip has not yet departed:

  1. Cancel your reservation: Transfer the full amount paid to a Travel Bank credit that is valid for one year.
  2. Change your travel dates (subject to availability) to the same flight number, same departure location and same destination.

    • Choose an earlier date or a date up to 14 days after your original departure date and WestJet will waive any fare difference.
    • If you choose a date that is 15 days or more after your original departure date, normal exchange and refund guidelines apply.

  3. Change your destination. Pay any difference in fare. If your new itinerary costs less, WestJet will give you a Travel Bank credit for the difference.

If you are en route to or already there, WestJet will waive the change and cancellation fees. However, there are a few factors to consider.

  1. Come back earlier (subject to availability).
  2. Cancel your reservation: WestJet will convert the unused amount of your reservation into a Travel Bank credit valid for one year.
  3. Continue your journey at your own risk. If you decide to continue your journey after an advisory has been issued, you will not be eligible for compensation, credit or refund.

Air Canada Hurricane Policy

Air Canada has revised its ticketing policy, allowing customers travelling on one of the affected flights to change their booking without penalty, provided there is sufficient space.

Travelers with affected flights can retrieve and change their bookings free of charge. If you purchased a vacation with Air Canada Vacations, contact them directly at 1-800-296-3408.

Air Canada guests are automatically enrolled to receive flight alerts on their mobile devices or by email. You can update your preferences online.

Flexible ticket conditions apply for the following dates and destinations:

  • July 9: Montreal–Trudeau International Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and Toronto’s Lester. B Pearson International Airport and Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.
  • July 10: Montreal–Trudeau International Airport, Ottawa International Airport, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, and Toronto’s Lester. B Pearson International Airport.

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