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14 March 2019 – WATERLOO REGION – A WestJet flight that was set to depart from the Region of Waterloo International Airport has been cancelled following Canada’s decision to ground Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft.
The flight was set to leave the airport in Breslau on Friday at 4:30 p.m. for Calgary, but was cancelled after federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Wednesday that commercial passenger flights on the aircraft are banned from Canadian airspace. Boeing also recommended the global fleet of 371 planes be grounded “out of an abundance of caution.”
A flight arriving from Calgary into the region on Friday was also cancelled.
Canada’s decision came days after Sunday’s devastating Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.
In a news release, WestJet, which offers daily non-stop flights to Calgary from Kitchener, year-round, said it had temporarily grounded all 13 Boeing MAX aircraft in its fleet, and was working with customers affected.
The cancelled Friday flight, set to depart from Breslau, was on one of the banned aircraft, WestJet confirmed.
WestJet said 168 aircraft — or 93 per cent of its fleet — are still operational.
“We are in the process of reconfiguring our schedule to remove all 737 MAX 8 flights and move guests to other aircraft which could include our fleet of Boeing 737 NGs, 767, 787 or Bombardier Q400s,” WestJet said in a statement. “The updated schedule will be implemented in our booking system on Monday, March 18. However, until then we are working through guest rebooking on a day-to-day basis.”
WestJet had a total of 11 flight cancellations Thursday affecting about 1,200 customers.