Halifax Stanfield International Airport was basically a no-fly zone thanks to hurricane Bill.

All flights to-and-from the airport were cancelled from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. yesterday, creating disruption to hundreds of people’s travel plans.

While an official count wasn’t known, airport spokesperson Ashley Barnes said the cancellations likely affected about 100 flights.


“It was all the individual airlines' decision,” Barnes said of the cancellations, which started trickling in during the early hours of Sunday morning. “The airport was still open if any flights chose to come in, but they all made the decisions independently. The winds were just too strong for them to do so.”

She said anywhere from 30 to 60 people were stranded at the airport at any one point during the day as passengers waited for flights to take off, adding most checked their flight’s status before heading out, which helped keep down the amount of stranded passengers.

“Individual airlines are trying to get all the flights that were delayed rescheduled,” Barnes said of the process moving forward.

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