A regional airline that operates in British Columbia has halted all of its flights over a 48-hour period due to the novel coronavirus.
Pacific Coastal Airlines said in a statement that all flights on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 have been suspended following the “rapid transmission” of the Omicron COVID-19 variant among staff at their operational control centre.
“We are taking this quick and necessary measure to protect the integrity of our long-term schedule and safeguard our operation,” the airline said in its statement posted on their website.
Customers impacted by the suspended flights will be either provided with the opportunity to be rescheduled at a later date or receive a complete refund, according to Pacific Coastal.
Scheduled flights are expected to resume on Jan. 4.
“We apologize to all customers affected by this service disruption,” the airline said in its statement.
Anyone with reservations on those dates is asked to contact Pacific Coastal Airlines at 1-800-663-2872 for more information. Customers can also cancel and receive a full refund by completing a form on their website.
Pacific Coastal Airlines is based at Vancouver International Airport and operates a number of scheduled flights to communities on Vancouver Island including Victoria, Comox, Tofino, Port Hardy and Campbell River.