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Saturday morning's temperatures rendered deicing fluid ineffective in many areas of Western Canada.

Radio-Canada

WestJet airline says that x27;it is facing “significant operational impacts” due to the extremely cold weather across the Prairies and parts of British Columbia.

Saturday morning, temperatures rendered deicing fluid ineffective in Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Kelowna, Kamloops, Fort McMurray, Prince George, Grande Prairie, Yellowknife and Fort St. John, the airline said in a released news release on its website.

Freezing temperatures also rendered essential facilities, such as bridges and gas stations, unusable.

The airline says these effects are compounded by safety concerns for its crews and ground partners. To ensure their safety, WestJet has limited the time employees and contractors can work outside. Air Canada, for its part, said it has implemented a flexible rebooking policy so customers can change their travel plans without having to pay additional fees.

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WestJet also announced that it has relaxed its flight change and cancellation guidelines for customers traveling to or from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Calgary Airport Authority advises passengers to check flight status before heading to the airport and allow more time to adapt to changing circumstances and delays on the roads and at the airport.

Work in Extreme weather conditions pose their own challenges. Prolonged extreme weather events, locally and across the country, may cause delays, an authority spokesperson wrote in an email to CBC/Radio-Canada.

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