|ISAAC WREAKS HAVOC, BUILDS STRENGTH |
|More than 900 flights have been cancelled; many more expected in the next 48 hours|
Isaac, the first major storm of the Atlantic storm season, wreaked havoc on travel in South Florida this past weekend, cancelling more than 740 flights on Sunday with an additional 180 cancelled in advance for Monday. More cancellations are expected within the next 48 hours. |
Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana have each declared a state of emergency with Isaac looming.
The storm is expected to reach hurricane strength and make landfall on Wednesday.
Canada’s airlines are asking that clients check the status of their flights before heading to the airports.
WestJet issued a travel advisory to clients travelling to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Fort Myers. 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.
Air Canada is allowing affected customers to rebook flights without penalty, space permitting.
Isaac moved over Cuba on Saturday, downing trees and power lines.
The storm also caused flooding and at least four deaths in Haiti’s southern peninsula. The Haitian government reports evacuating nearly 8,000 people from their homes or quake settlements and 4,000 more were taken to temporary shelters.