Heavy rain and high winds caused almost 50 flights to be canceled at the Edmonton International Airport on Friday. Construction on the runway there made matters worse. Usually when the weather is bad, flights can be sent to another runway, but in this case, only one is available at this time. That means the aircraft would be landing in a cross-wind position, which isn’t ideal.
It was up to each individual airline to decide whether or not to land. WestJet suspended all flights until 5 pm. Some flights were diverted to Calgary. Air Canada announced that it would be offering extra flights on Saturday between Edmonton and Vancouver, and Edmonton and Toronto.
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