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Flights cancelled between Mazatlán and Vancouver as cartel violence continues

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YVR flights to Mazatlán cancelled due to unrest
Watch: All flights heading to Mazatlán from YVR have been cancelled Friday in light of a federal travel advisory. Aaron McArthur has the latest – Jan 6, 2023

Flights have been cancelled Friday between Mazatlán and Vancouver as the civil unrest in Sinaloa state, Mexico, continues.

WestJet confirmed to Global News that flights WS2042 (Vancouver to Mazatlán) and WS2043 (Mazatlán to Vancouver) have been cancelled.

“As the situation continues to evolve, we will make operational changes in the name of safety as necessary. We advise all guests currently in the region to follow all response instructions provided by local authorities,” WestJet said in a statement.

Sunwing originally delayed one flight to Mazatlán Friday and eventually cancelled it.

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Global News has reached out to Sunwing for more details on flights.

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U.S. State Department advises Americans against travel to Sinaloa, Mexico amid increased violence

Many British Columbians remain in Mazatlán Friday, unsure of when they will be able to get home.

Violence broke out in the state Thursday after police arrested alleged drug cartel leader Ovidio Guzman, a son of jailed Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Much of the violence appears focused in the city of Culiacan, where airline Aeromexico said one of its passenger planes was struck by a bullet during the fighting.

However three airports, including the one in Mazatlán, have been closed and Canada has issued a travel advisory for the entire state.

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