Major delays due to smoke at Kamloops Airport

By James Peters
July 10, 2017 - 10:33am Updated: July 10, 2017 - 6:22pm

KAMLOOPS — Incoming flights to Kamloops Airport are delayed Monday afternoon due to the thick smoke blanketing the valley from BC's raging wildfires.

Manager Fred Legace says it's too dangerous for pilots to attempt a landing.

"Visibility at the airport has decreased below safe minimums, due to the smoke. It really is unknown how long this is going to last. It's probably going to take a change in wind speed and direction in order to clear the valley out. I'm saying that travellers should expect delays, perhaps cancellations."

Legace says one flight from Vancouver was forced to turn around and head back to the Lower Mainland.

Several other incoming flights are listed as delayed on the Kamloops Airport website.

But Legace says a slight change in the wind could improve the situation at a moment's notice.

"Given a little bit of a change in wind speed and direction, we could have it back up and running pretty quickly."

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