Plane de-icing team at YVR Airport working to ensure safe holiday travels (PHOTOS)

Dec 19 2017, 9:13 am

Contractors of airlines and Vancouver International Airport have been de-icing planes prior to departure throughout the night and into the day with heavy snowfall falling at Sea Island and across the Vancouver region.

It is a critical measure for flight safety and is carefully performed by de-icing company AeroMag under strict oversight and a set of rules and procedures.

De-icing involves removing snow, ice, and frost from the body of a plane, tail and wings. It can be de-iced by heat, dry or liquid chemicals, mechanical methods such as scraping and pushing or a combination of any of these techniques..

Some delays and cancellations have been reported, however, most flights are running on schedule. Airport officials are asking travellers to check their flight status, check-in online before heading to YVR, and arrive earlier than required.

YVR Airport snow de-icing
Image: Jeremy Wang via AeroMag

YVR Airport snow de-icing
Image: Jeremy Wang via AeroMag

YVR Airport snow de-icing
Image: Jeremy Wang via AeroMag

YVR Airport snow de-icing
Image: Jeremy Wang via AeroMag

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