They've weathered the storm, now they've got to deal with the delays.
Southern Ontario faced record-breaking rainfall Monday afternoon and evening that flooded roads and wreaked havoc on drivers, commuters and travellers alike. At Pearson International Airport, 250 flights were cancelled throughout the day while the deluge damaged some of the airport's servers, shutting down its website throughout the evening.
Inside the airport, officials with Pearson described the situation Tuesday morning as "very slow" but now that the heavy rainfall has ended, more flights have resumed and are clearing the backlog of people who slept overnight at the airport.
Pearson's website is now back online and reports that 66 flights have been cancelled as of 1 p.m. EST and warns that "operations will continue to be slower than usual" as the airport works to get all its services back up and running. The airline is urging travellers to check with their carriers and not with the airport for the most up-to-date flight information.
Meanwhile, Billy Bishop Airport says it's reopened to arriving and departing flights after halting all service Monday night. Ferry service has also resumed, carrying passengers to the island airport and back to the mainland. Shuttle service however, has been diverted from the usual Front and York St. route and will now pick up passengers at Lower Simcoe and Front St. instead, according to Pamela McDonald, the director of communications with the Toronto Port Authority.
Inside Billy Bishop Airport, Porter passengers stranded by Monday's flood had some good news after facing cancellations.
"Flights are operating today. We do have some [cancellations] and some that are delayed over the course of the day but I believe everyone who has been delayed yesterday will be flying out today," said Brad Cicero, a spokesperson with Porter Airlines, adding that those planning to fly out Tuesday shouldn't expect to be affected by the influx of passengers.
As for the atmosphere, Cicero said that the atmosphere has been positive given the unexpected flooding and power outages in Toronto.
"Passengers were in good spirits yesterday and that's still the case for today."
Like Pearson International, travellers flying from the island airport are advised to contact their airline ahead of time for the most up-to-date flight information.
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