Canadian travellers are being forced to rethink their Mexico vacation plans, as one of the most powerful hurricanes on record barrels toward the country’s Pacific coast.
Canadian flights to southwestern Mexico have been grounded, and some Mexican airports have been closed in anticipation of Hurricane Patricia’s arrival Friday evening.
As a result, many travellers have been stonewalled at Canadian airports, while others are now temporarily stranded in Mexico, where they are bracing for disaster.
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada issued a regional advisory on Friday, ahead of Hurricane Patricia making landfall. The agency is advising Canadians against any “non-essential travel to the coast of Mexico from San Blas to Lazaro Cardenas.” That region includes the city of Puerto Vallarta, a popular resort destination for thousands of Canadians every year.
With maximum sustained winds near 325 kph, the Category-5 storm is the strongest ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, and its ferocity has forecasters predicting disaster when it makes landfall.
Mexico-bound flights from Canada were already being rescheduled on Friday morning, several hours before the storm was expected to hit. In Edmonton, a Sunwing flight slated to fly out at 6 a.m. was postponed for at least 17 hours to wait out the storm. Sunwing offered passengers the option to reschedule the flight, change their destination, or cancel for a full refund.
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