MIAMI — Today, Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) reopens to commercial flights after the airport was closed on May 4 due to the wildfires that spread across the city.
Air Canada and WestJet will operate under a reduced schedule until the beginning of next week due to airspace restrictions. Air Canada will operate flights to Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Vancouver. Until June 14, WestJet plans to operate two flights from Calgary and two from Edmonton in each directions. Regular schedules will resume progressively.
Airlines have been lowering airfares and offering up to 25% discount fares. Checked baggage fees have also been waived to help residents of the Fort McMurray area to go back to their homes.
Passengers traveling through the airport should be aware that there will be limited food and beverage options, and that the waiting time for ground transportation might be longer than usual.
“The FMAA is indebted to the brave men and women who worked tirelessly around the clock to protect the airport infrastructure which has allowed us to support the efforts of emergency first respondents since the fire began,” said Clements. “We look forward to reopening to the public, and welcoming residents and visitors back to our region,” said Scott Clements, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fort McMurray Airport Authority.
Since June 1, residents were allowed by the Albertan government to go back home and assess the damage of their homes and retrieve their personal belongings. Some residences were not touched by the fire but are now contaminated by water and toxic ash, making them unsafe for families to return.