Airlines In Canada Are Warning Of Flight Disruptions & Changes As A Winter Storm Looms

Air Canada, Porter, Sunwing and WestJet have posted travel alerts.

MTL Blog, Associate Editor
A plane landing in snowy weather.​

A plane landing in snowy weather.

An intense winter storm is slated to hit Quebec and Ontario this week, and Canadian airlines are bracing for impact. Air Canada, Porter, Sunwing and WestJet have posted travel alerts in preparation for the inclement weather.

Canadians with flights departing from Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto between February 22 and 24 are specifically advised to check with their carrier before heading to the airport, as some airlines are anticipating cancellations and offering easier rebooking options.

Here's how each major airline is reacting to the impending storm:

Air Canada

Air Canada notes that flights to and from Montreal, Ottawa, Québec City and Toronto between February 22 and 24 all have a high likelihood of being "impacted by forecasted snow."

The airline is implementing its more flexible "goodwill" ticketing policy so customers with an affected flight can adjust their booking without penalty.



Porter has travel advisories for Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Québec City and Windsor flights, which "may be disrupted by snowstorm/freezing rain."

Some may be eligible for complimentary changes, meaning passengers on select flights could get a waiver to change their bookings and fly earlier or later than scheduled for free.



Sunwing has a travel advisory for "heavy snowfall" in Ontario and Quebec for February 22 and 23. The airline is advising travellers to monitor their flight status and allow plenty of time to arrive at the airport. "We are monitoring the weather forecast closely and will do all that we can to minimize disruptions to customers' travel plans," writes the carrier.



Westjet has winter storm advisories for flights to and from Montreal and Southern Ontario between February 22 and 23 that may cause delays or cancellations.

The airline has enacted its flexible change/cancel policy, so passengers can change their travel dates to the same destination or head to a different airport near the original destination without charge. Anyone who chooses to cancel their trip will get a refund.


This article's cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Sofia Misenheimer
MTL Blog, Associate Editor
Sofia Misenheimer is an award-winning writer, editor and former radio journalist with a passion for finding hidden gems in the city.
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