Hurricane Sandy Impact on Ontario

Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy

THUNDER BAY – The impact of Hurricane Sandy on Ontario will carry over to many aspects of life for residents.

Here is a list of services impacted:

Porter Airlines: Due to expected high winds, Porter Airlines advises all passengers to confirm their flight status prior to arriving at the airport. In addition, flights arriving and departing from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today, until 12 p.m. tomorrow.

Passengers can check their flight status details below and make inquiries about flight changes, based on availability, by phoning the Porter call centre at 888-619-8622.

Air Canada expects most airports in the U.S. northeast will remain closed Tuesday Oct 30th due to tropical storm Sandy, resulting in the cancellation of Air Canada and Air Canada Express flights Tuesday to and from La Guardia, Newark, JF Kennedy, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington National, Washington Dulles, Baltimore, Harrisburg PA, Providence RI and Hartford CT.

To facilitate rebooking affected customers, change fees have been waived for flights to and from US northeast airports until Wednesday Oct 31. Customers are strongly encouraged to consult the latest information online at and rebook themselves online using our self-service rebooking tool in order to avoid longer call centre wait times.

We anticipate that our domestic Canada and international flights will continue to operate normally.

We are monitoring the situation in the U.S. northeast very closely with local airport authorities and will be adjusting our schedule as necessary over the coming days as airports re-open and we are able to get our customers to their destinations safely and as quickly as possible.

We thank our customers for their patience and encourage them to continue consulting Travel Alerts at for updates.

Westjet:  Travel Advisory – Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy is currently affecting travel to New York LaGuardia. This may cause the delay or cancellation of WestJet flights to and from this area. We advise all guests travelling to or from this areabetween October 29th and 30th to check the status of their flight prior to leaving for the airport.

WestJet and WestJet Vacations are proud to offer a hurricane travel promise to our guests. When a hurricane/tropical storm advisory is issued, guests travelling with WestJet and WestJet Vacations to and from the affected area during the effective dates will be eligible for flexible exchange and refund rules.

If you are a WestJet guest please see our WestJet hurricane travel promise and contact WestJet at  1-888-937-8538 ( 1-888-WESTJET).

If you are a WestJet Vacations guest, please see our WestJet Vacations hurricane travel promise and contact WestJet Vacations at  1-877-737-7001.

Additional updates will be posted as they are available.

Advisory – Costa Rica

An airport departure tax of $28 USD is required from each person departing Costa Rica. The Costa Rica departure tax can be paid by major credit card or cash. There is a dedicated counter at each airport that guests will be directed to in order to make this payment.

Advisory – Dominican Republic

Starting on April 30, 2012, all Canadian citizens travelling to the Dominican Republic will be required to present a passport valid for the length of their stay. You must also hold a return ticket or proof of onward travel for entry.

Advisory – Nassau international bus

The Nassau airport is currently constructing a new international terminal which is estimated to be complete by fall, 2013. During this time we anticipate that check-in times will be longer as you will need to check in at the existing Nassau terminal building to clear security, after which you will be bused to the new international terminal departure gate.

Given our limited schedule in and out of Nassau, please account for this extra handling and travel time by showing up at the airport earlier than normal. Although our suggested check-in time is 90 minutes prior to departure, we recommend allowing additional time to ensure you catch your flight.

Advisory – St. Lucia and St. Vincent

Effective September 11, 2012, citizens of St. Lucia and St. Vincent require a visa to travel to Canada. For more information, please visit the government of Canada’s St. Lucia and St. Vincent visitor’s FAQ page. To submit a visa application by mail or in person, visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada page for information on theCanadian visa office in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

VIA Rail Canada will operate according to regular schedules today, despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, which is being forecasted by Environment Canada in the Maritimes, the Province of Quebec and Ontario. However, unforeseen circumstances caused by the Hurricane may disrupt schedules. VIA Rail advises caution when traveling and invites Canadians to visit or dial 1 888 VIA RAIL (1 888 842 7245) for more information regarding VIA Rail’s schedules or to book a train ticket.

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