Four flights that were destined for Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport were diverted yesterday from their original course to land instead at the Brandon airport.
In a press release issued by the city yesterday afternoon, Brandon communications director Allison Collins confirmed that the diverted craft, which varied in size and passenger capacity, were in Brandon to wait out poor weather conditions in Winnipeg. Some of the planes also needed to refuel at Brandon’s McGill Field, after circling Winnipeg but being unable to land.
Passengers were held on the diverted planes, which included flights from Air Canada, Perimeter Air and Calm Air, until conditions improved in Winnipeg and they were able to be on their way.
All the flights were back in the air by 3 p.m., but the congestion also affected the regular WestJet flight from Brandon to Calgary. It was delayed about an hour before it was able to take off.
Three additional flights bound for Winnipeg were diverted to airports in Thunder Bay, Ont., and Regina.
Diverted flights have been known to land at the municipal airport from time to time, Collins said, due to adverse weather conditions, but four at one time was a little unusual.
» Brandon Sun, with files from the Winnipeg Free Press