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Winnipeg-bound flights diverted to Brandon airport

An Air Canada Airbus A320 gets refueled at McGill Field in Brandon after being diverted away from Winnipeg.

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An Air Canada Airbus A320 gets refueled at McGill Field in Brandon after being diverted away from Winnipeg.

Several flights that were destined for Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, including major Canadian airlines, were diverted earlier today from their original course and have landed at the Brandon airport.

Flights are being diverted to Brandon after poor weather closed the Winnipeg airport on Wednesday.

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Flights are being diverted to Brandon after poor weather closed the Winnipeg airport on Wednesday. (CITY OF BRANDON)

At least one has lifted off to resume its trip.

In a press release issued by the city this afternoon, Brandon communications director Allison Collins confirmed the diverted craft, which vary in size and passenger capacity, were in Brandon to wait out poor weather conditions in Winnipeg.

Passengers were held on the diverted planes, which included flights from Air Canada, WestJet, Perimeter Air and Calm Air.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported that three additional flights bound for Winnipeg were diverted to airports in Thunder Bay and Regina.

Diverted flghts have been known to land at the municipal airport from time to time, Collins said, due to adverse weather conditions. 

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