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Weather forces airport closures

15 April 2013 10:24

The calm before the storm: Toronto harbour braced itself for an impending storm

The calm before the storm: Toronto harbour braced itself for an impending storm

A huge storm forced two of Toronto's main airports to cancel flights recently. Ice pellets and freezing rain bombarded Canada's largest city on Thursday morning (April 11). Toronto Pearson International Airport scrapped about 13% of Thursday's scheduled flights and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport dropped 12%.

Such random weather emphasises the prudence of booking reliable travel insurance well in advance for peace of mind. Airlines such as Porter, Westjet and Air Canada gave out travel alerts for passengers to confirm their flight status before arriving at the airports in anticipation of delays and cancellations.

The storm, which rolled into the city just after 7am on Thursday and prompted a severe weather warning, saw schools remain open. School literacy tests were postponed, however, and the school bus service was cancelled for the day in York, Simcoe County, Wellington-Dufferin, Halton and Peel. The sub-zero temperatures bit heaviest in the Greater Toronto area and west of it, all the way to Luke Huron.