UPDATE: WestJet flight 253 has landed in Kelowna.
So close, yet so far away; passengers on route to the Okanagan yesterday remain stuck in Calgary after their Kelowna-bound flight this morning was again delayed.
One passenger affected is Penticton’s Shayda John, who has been trying to return home from a vacation for the past two days.
This morning, WestJet flight 253 was scheduled to depart from Calgary at 10:15 a.m., with an hour flight time, but is now estimated to arrive in Kelowna around lunch.
Passengers were on board, ready to go, when they were told they had to unload until further notice. So far this has resulted in delays of about an hour.
Yesterday, passengers on board WestJet flight 3281 were turned around to head back to Calgary, after attempting to land in Penticton – twice.
According to WestJet officials, the flight was diverted beacuse of “uncontrollable weather” and that after an overnight stay in Calgary at their own expence, passengers would be flown to Kelowna in the morning and finally bused into Penticton.
Approximately 100 passengers were affected by this delay.
In the past few days, extreme weather reports from around the province have flooded in.
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