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Kamloops Airport not directly impacted by Boeing 737 Max 8 ban; connecting flights may be

Commercial flights out of Kamloops are on Bombadier Dash8-300s, Q400s and Beachcraft 1900Ds, but connecting flights on Air Canada and WestJet could be impacted by the grounding. (via Brendan Kergin)

Anyone flying out of Kamloops with a connecting flight with Air Canada or WestJet should check to see if their travel plans are affected by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max 8s.

That's the advice of Ed Ratuski, the manager of the Kamloops Airport. While locally no Boeing 737s land in Kamloops, Air Canada and WestJet both operate 737 Max 8s, he says.

"What we're recommending is that (passengers) check their flight status for any adjustments if they're flying through Vancouver and Calgary," he says.

The grounding came this morning when Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau announced the measure "erring on the side of caution" after the crash in Ethiopia earlier this week.

Ratuski says that's impacted both airlines along with other international carriers. He adds that the airlines may alert passengers as they check in at the Kamloops Airport if they have a connecting flight that is impacted, but that it's best to check in advance.

"Both Air Canada and WestJet have instituted a no rebooking fee, so that's what people should be aware of as well," he adds.

Currently, Ratuski says, commercial flights out of Kamloops are on Bombadier Dash8-300s and Q400s along with Beachcraft 1900Ds. Last summer Air Canada's Rouge flight between Kamloops and Toronto was on an Airbus 319-100.


Brendan Kergin

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Brendan Kergin is a digital reporter based in Kamloops.
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