Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Coal in the Air Canada stockings this year...

If air travellers have their way, Air Canada will be finding coal in their stockings this year, with winter apparently a new phenomenon to the airline, Air Canada has all but closed up shop on its BC and Alberta flights on Christmas eve.

At the same time that officials at Vancouver International Airport were declaring that things were going smoothly as far as runway conditions (both YVR runways are clear and open) and airport operations were concerned, Air Canada was rattling off cancelled indicators on all short and medium haul flights in and out of Vancouver, on this Christmas eve not a creature was stirring at Air Canada except for those on long haul flights to Toronto and Montreal and International flights.

With little in the way of explanation, thousands of air travellers were suddenly left with the realization that making it to their destination for Christmas might very well be out of the question. Many suspect that the airline was having problems moving its resources around the province and or finding crews to staff the flights.

Interestingly enough, major American airlines and other smaller regional players and West Jet, Canada's alternate airline didn't seem to having near as many problems as the planes with the maple leaf on their tails, West Jet flights for the most part were leaving and arriving from Vancouver on time, or delayed by only a few minutes.

One suspects that perhaps they might wish to invest in a little more rolling stock for 2009, we have a feeling that there are going to be a large number of Air Canada passengers defecting in the New Year...

Air Canada travel advisory

Environment Canada forecasts

Update: A few more flights for Air Canada and a few coals for West Jet as well, who also had some troubles in the last few days fulfilling their customer service commitments

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