Hundreds of flights cancelled at Toronto’s Pearson airport due to wintry weather

Wintry conditions and high winds led to hundreds of cancellations at Canada’s busiest airport Monday, despite an extreme cold weather alert being lifted for Toronto and the surrounding area.

resulted in a number of flights being cancelled or delayed in the afternoon through to the evening, especially on arriving flights, said GTAA spokesperson Beverly MacDonald.

As of 8:45 p.m., more than 200 flights had been cancelled, including 119 arrivals and 106 departures.

“It’s just a lower rate to make sure that, in between each flight, everything is smooth and efficient on the ground, and safe. So instead of trying to have higher numbers taking off or departing at once, we just reduce that rate so that we can ensure the safety of everyone,” said MacDonald, adding that airlines, not the airport, make the decision about which flights get cancelled.

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