Ottawa flights cancelled, delayed because of heavy snow in U.S.

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The Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Another big winter storm hitting the Northeastern United States has caused 20 flights out of Ottawa to be cancelled from Ottawa and many others to be delayed.

Wednesday morning and afternoon flights by Air Canada, Continental, Porter Airlines and WestJet to Newark, Boston and also to Toronto and Halifax have been cancelled. Several other flights to other Canadian destinations have also been delayed.

Ottawa travellers were advised to call their airline or check terh Ottawa International Airport’s website (ottawa-airport.ca) for the latest updates.

Airport spokeswoman Krista Kealey said it was difficult to know when the cancelled flights would take off.

“It really depends on what is happening at the other airports, how they’re handling the conditions, and what the impact of the cancellations is on the other (airline) network as a whole,” said Kealey. “It’s hard to re-assign aircraft once the schedule is set.”

Kealey said Ottawa travellers arriving at the airport to board U.S. bound flights had been patient.

New York City was expected to get 50 centimetres of snow, and heavy snow was already falling in Philadelphia and central New Jersey. In Boston, the city declared a snow emergency.

Ottawa will be spared the brunt of the storm as it travels south of the Great Lakes. Kingston was expected to get about five centimetres of snow and Toronto between five and 15 centimetres.

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