Flights cancelled on east Vancouver Island due to fog advisory

Flights cancelled, delayed at Qualicum Beach, Nanaimo, Victoria, Comox airports

With a fog advisory in effect for east Vancouver Island from Duncan to Campbell River, multiple flights have been cancelled to and from the Island.

The fog advisory was issued by Environment Canada Friday, Dec. 8 at 5:12 a.m. The advisory states there is “near zero visibility” in the fog. It goes on to say the fog will likely persist through the afternoon and then become patchy Saturday afternoon.

In the Comox Valley, flights to and from YQQ airport have been cancelled since Wednesday due to the fog. Initially, some flights were being re-routed to Campbell River with passengers being bussed down to the Valley.

As of noon Friday, Air Canada has cancelled all of its flights departing from YQQ, and Westjet has cancelled all of its morning departures and arrivals from Calgary to the airport.

In Qualicum Beach, the first flight since Wednesday, Dec. 6 left Friday, Dec. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

Both KD Air and Orca Airways fly in and out of Qualicum Beach Airport.

A worker with KD Air said no flights left or came in to Qualicum Beach Airport on Thursday, Dec. 7, and as of 11 a.m. Friday morning no KD Air flights had left the airport.

Orca Airways had its first flight since Wednesday (Dec. 6) leave Qualicum Beach Airport Friday. The flight was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, but Orca Airways isn’t sure any other flights will be leaving or coming into Qualicum Beach Airport.

To stay up to date about flights coming in or leaving Qualicum Beach Airport, visit www.kdair.com or www.flyorcaair.com/flightstatus.php.

The Nanaimo News Bulletin is reporting flights to Nanaimo Airport were cancelled Thursday (Dec. 7), and some flights are being diverted from Nanaimo Airport Friday afternoon (Dec. 8).

Flights have also been cancelled out of Victoria International Airport.

Ken Gallant, director of operations at Victoria Airport Authority, said there were five cancellations coming out of Victoria and two cancellations coming into Victoria because of the fog. Gallant said most of the flights were Calgary- and Edmonton-bound flights. There were also several delays.

Gallant said the fog will dissipate after lunchtime.

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