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Harbour Air cancels flights due to low visibility from wildfire smoke


As the wildfire smoke shows no signs of dissipating anytime soon, Harbour Air customers may need to alter their travel plans.

As of Tuesday morning, around 11 a.m., Harbour Air announced that several flights have either been delayed or cancelled because of the haze.

The majority of the company’s flights to and from Vancouver Island on Monday afternoon were also cancelled due to low visibility caused by the wildfire smoke.

Click here to check Harbour Air flight status updates.

The air quality in Victoria, Saanich, Westshore, Nanaimo and Parksville continues to pose a “very high” health risk.

Delays at Victoria International Airport

Ken Gallant, Director of Operations and Safety at the Victoria International Airport, told Victoria Buzz that over the last two days, wildfire smoke has caused several delays for aircraft flying into Victoria.

More so today than yesterday, YYJ airport is seeing delays of up to an hour for inbound flights coming from Alberta and Seattle, and flights connecting through Vancouver.

As a result, several outbound flights from Victoria are also experiencing minor delays of up to 30 minutes.

Passengers are urged to check with their airlines or Victoria International Airport before they travel to find out about possible delays to their flights.

Brishti Basu
Former Senior Staff Writer and Content Manager at Victoria Buzz.

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