The Canadian Rockies International Airport says recent flight cancellations caused by ongoing wildfires are unprecedented.
Scheduled trips to Calgary and Vancouver were cancelled last Friday due to the St Mary’s River fire burning nearby, with additional cancellations and delays reported throughout the weekend.
Operations Manager Jamie Roche says regulations prohibiting aircrafts from flying within five nautical miles of a fire led to the change in schedule.
“I wasn’t here in 2003, I don’t think there was any fires in the same proximity as this recent one,” Roche says. “Unless things change with the fires locally, we don’t anticipate any more changes or delays associated with these fires.”
He adds nothing like this has happened in Cranbrook for over a decade.
“In the time that I’ve been here, I don’t recall a fire that has had an impact on the airport in terms of shutting down the airport’s airspace so that forestry aircraft can do their job,” Roche says.
Roche reminds residents to always check with your airline before heading to the airport to ensure your flight is on schedule.
– Canadian Rockies International Airport Operations Manager, Jamie Roche
– Jeff Johnson