Starting on Wednesday travellers flying WestJet will no longer have to back-track through Calgary to get between Regina and Winnipeg.
Ferio Pugliese is the President of WestJet Encore and was at the Regina International Airport to celebrate the official launch of twice daily flights between the two prairie cities. He explained that the route using larger planes was cancelled five years ago because it wasn’t considered economical. But they are bringing it back thanks to a new fleet of smaller airplanes called the Bombardier Q400.
Saskatchewanians will have to hold onto their hats Wednesday, or they'll blow away. As of 4:00 a.m. Environment Canada has issued several wind warnings for most of the south and central parts of the province.
"We're going to be looking at gusts up to about 100 kilometres in the warning area over the course of the day today," said John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.
Freezing rain warnings have ended in Saskatchewan after most of the southwest corner of the province was expected to see some.
"Places like Swift Current and Kindersley that are hovering very close to the zero mark, there's a good chance of freezing rain occurring in patches," John Paul Cragg, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said Monday morning.
The Saskatchewan Highway Hotline says fog is causing problems on highways east of Regina.
On Highways 1 and 46 near Balgonie and 33 heading to Kroneau, visibility is near zero.
“We don’t have travel not recommended out, so you can still travel but with your own precautions,” said Erica Gudnason with the Highway Hotline.
Other areas have some icy conditions or pavement frost.
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Some flights were delayed late Friday evening and into Saturday morning at the Regina International Airport after a cargo plane slid off the runway.
Just after 5 p.m. Friday evening the twin-engine light plane skidded off the end of the airport's main runway.
Airport officials said in a news release that two people were on board the aircraft when the accident happened but were uninjured. The amount of damage done to the plane could not be confirmed.
Conditions of the runway were good at the time according to an airport authority spokesperson.
A man on the flight that skidded off the runway at the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport Thursday night said
it felt like the brakes didn't work and the ground was icy.
"It was a good flight, a little bit of turbulence on the way, but right when we hit the runway in Saskatoon, it was just slippery. We hit the runway and right when they pump on the brakes, it seemed like the brakes weren't working," said Mark Ejack, who was one of 52 passengers on the Air Canada Jazz flight from Calgary to Saskatoon.
Even with the mercury on the rise Thursday, ice and fog played a factor in a number of collisions throughout Saskatchewan.
The weather could serve as a reminder to drivers that winter driving needs to be practiced at all times during the coldest months of the year.
"We've been going through a pretty tough winter weather-wise, and I think the little hint of sunshine maybe has given people a false sense of security," said Ian Barr, a traffic sergeant with the Regina Police Service.
The sight of thousands of travellers stranded across Canada at airports has been commonplace lately, as a variety of causes have forced numerous delays.
During all their spare time waiting, those grounded might be wondering if travel insurance would compensate them for lost vacation time and other costs associated with being delayed. It could, under the right circumstances.
Weather conditions have caused a lot of extra hassle for air travel across the U.S. and Canada.
Pearson International Airport in Toronto stopped all arriving North American flights for more than eight hours on Tuesday stranding thousands of frustrated passengers and causing delays that could last days.
More than half of 774 arriving flights had been cancelled, along with 381 of all departures. Weary travellers slept on seats or trudged forward in hours-long lines to rebook their cancelled or missed flights.
It started off as a vacation in paradise, but quickly turned into a nightmare on the flight home to Regina.
Yellow Grass’ Allen Altwasser and his family had just finished their holiday at a resort in Jamaica this past Sunday. It was 30 C most days in the Caribbean but it was time for the family to leave the hot sun and go back to the frigid -40 C of Saskatchewan that evening. That’s when the ordeal started.
“It was the trip home where things started to unravel,” he said.