What do #COwx and #COstorm have in common?

Unnecessary disruption and chaos on airport aircraft routes due to the current unseasonal weather patterns. Unplanned aircraft closures due to poor visibility. Flight delays due to the effects of ongoing light aircraft taxiing operations, more aircraft in the air than you’d like, or poor ground visibility. Unnecessary cancellations due to light aircraft grounding. More airlines cancelling more flights this week than last week. Air traffic controllers continuing to focus on higher priority airplanes, while maintaining low safety and minimising delayed and cancelled flights.

This month, the Canadian government is issuing a travel advisory each morning just before 9:00 a.m. ET, warning citizens about potential travel-related issues and advising people to exercise caution on the roads and at airports.

Continue using #COwx to follow the weather forecast and tweet your thoughts about current weather in Canada, especially on social media.

This week, the advisory included the likelihood of heavy snow for northern parts of the country, extensive flight cancellations in western and northern Canada and snow accumulation above 500 m.

“Some of the different items that are driving the travel advisory are the weather issues, the threat of weather issues,” Air Canada executive vice-president of commercial Peter Fitzpatrick said during a media call.

But this week, the travel advisory has left many travellers frustrated, with many anxious about delays, and others perplexed about the advice.

“This just seems inappropriate to me,” Adam Fischer, vice-president of product and strategy at Expedia in North America, said on the call. “This is likely unnecessary disruption and chaos. And I think that most Canadians at this point need to plan [their trips] differently.”

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So far, the problem seems to be primarily located in the Northwest Territories, he said, adding that he would be very surprised if Ottawa was aware of this and that it was being done from Ottawa.

“I don’t think that it’s surprising the travel advisory is not as compelling as maybe we think it should be,” Justin Leduc, the chief executive officer of VisitCanada, a body that promotes tourism in Canada, said.

“We had a bumper crop of storms the past few days so it wasn’t terribly unexpected,” Trudeau said, adding that he’s known of the weather advisory and its effects for some time. He also mentioned that the advisory has existed since June, and that it is the latest one he’s been made aware of.

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“The weather advisory is one of the things that the government of Canada looks at on an annual basis in terms of travel issues and everything that is likely to happen in the region,” Maxime Bernier, the Conservative party MP for Beauce and leader of the Coalition Avenir Québec, said in an interview. “And the comments are valid.”

The travel advisory hasn’t helped CP Rail, which has cancelled some CSX trains through Gatineau, Ontario, spokesman Mark Hallman told the CBC.

Transport Canada did not respond to questions about why the advisory has increased or whether it is up to the department.

“Transport Canada is monitoring the weather and closing roads depending on what’s happening in the specific areas,” spokeswoman Kaitlyn Wiebe said in an email.

Lucey said that Air Canada has different “assumptions” on what should happen and “we do have a lot of experience with the weather,” but she added that the airline has met all its commitments to customers and has communicated any delays.

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