WestJet cancels all Friday night flights at Toronto airport due to winter storm

FILE PHOTO: WestJet airline signage is pictured at Vancouver's international airport in Richmond,

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's second-largest carrier, WestJet Airlines, said it has canceled all its Friday night flights at the Toronto international airport due to a winter storm that is forecast to cover the city with several inches of snow and significantly reduce visibility.

WestJet said it has proactively canceled both inbound and outbound flights starting at 8 p.m. (0100 GMT, Saturday) at Toronto's Pearson airport and that it expects to resume operations at a reduced capacity Saturday morning if weather conditions improve as forecast.

Weather service Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for Toronto, noting that the most dangerous conditions are expected between about 9 p.m. and midnight when snowfall rates may be 5 to 8 centimeters per hour (about 2-3 inches per hour).

Th country's largest airline, Air Canada, also cautioned its passengers about possible disruptions due to the storm.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Editing by Matthew Lewis)