Major airport disruptions anticipated due to solar eclipse in Canada and North America.

As the much-anticipated April solar eclipse approaches, travellers in North America are advised to brace themselves for potential disruptions and delays at airports across the continent. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a warning, anticipating a surge in air traffic and travellers during the eclipse on April 8, 2024. This celestial event, which will cast a shadow from Mexico to Canada, is expected to affect airports along and near the ‘path of totality’ from April 7 to April 10.

Anticipated Airport Disruptions

The FAA’s warning extends to airports along the path of totality, which includes Burlington International Airport, Syracuse Hancock International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, Fort Wayne Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Travellers should prepare for potential delays and rerouting during this period.

Operational Changes for Pilots

Pilots operating in and out of these airports are advised to be prepared for operational changes, which may occur at short notice. These changes are expected to be necessary to ensure the safety and efficiency of air travel during the eclipse.

Impact on Canadian Airports

While the FAA has issued warnings for airports in the United States, Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation (TCCA) has not yet issued a statement regarding the potential impact of the eclipse on Canadian airports. However, the eclipse’s path in Canada will pass through southern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Cape Breton, exiting continental North America on Newfoundland’s Atlantic coast. Montreal and the Niagara region are highlighted as ideal Canadian destinations to view the eclipse due to their accessibility and proximity to the path of totality.

Travellers planning to fly during the period surrounding the April solar eclipse should stay informed about potential disruptions and delays. Following the guidance provided by aviation authorities and airlines will help ensure a smoother travel experience during this extraordinary celestial event.

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