Travellers stuck in Saskatchewan airport due to extreme weather

Travellers stuck in Saskatchewan airport due to extreme weather

Jacob Donohue is in Saskatchewan and confused if he’ll get home to see for Christmas after leaving Toronto yesterday.

Jacob Donohue is in Saskatchewan and confused if he’ll get home to see for Christmas after leaving Toronto yesterday.

With all this confusion, he’s unsure if he’ll see his family for Christmas in Vancouver or be stuck in Saskatchewan or another airport.

“I was supposed to fly out this morning. They delayed, delayed, delayed and then cancelled my flight,” Donohue told CTV News.

On Tuesday, he was sleeping on the airport floor using his bag as a pillow.

“I slept here last night,” he said.

Donohue is a student at Queens University in Ontario.

This is his first time travelling solo and because his plan was to get from Ontario to Vancouver, he didn’t pack any cold weather clothing. He doesn’t want to venture out of the airport.

“It’s going to be pretty cold here and I don’t have a plan. I can’t rebook or get a flight out for a couple days. It’s freezing outside,” he said

With all that confusion, he’s unsure if he’ll see his family for Christmas in Vancouver or be stuck in Saskatchewan or another airport.

“That’s what I’m worried about. I don’t know. I’ll have to call my parents and I just don’t know what I’m going to do at the moment.”

He’s one of many travellers expecting to leave Saskatoon’s airport that had their travel plans derailed due to weather-related delays in other cities.

In a tweet sent Tuesday morning, the airport warned travellers that “extreme weather across Canada” is causing flight delays.

As of 1:30 p.m. there were dozens of flights that were either delayed or cancelled.

CJ Dushinski with the airport tells CTV News they’re hoping the weather clears up soon so the flights can resume.

“Hoping that we can get back to where we need to be to prepare for that really busy day on Friday,” said Dushinski, VP of business development and service quality at Skyxe.

“By Friday we’re hoping everything will be operational and smooth but it’s been a challenge.”

Travellers are advised to check directly with carriers to confirm the status of their flights well in advance of travel according to Dushinski.

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