A major snowfall has led to frustrations at one of Canada’s busiest airports Tuesday morning. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is reporting delays and some cancellations as a result of the snow, but urging passengers to be patient.
As of Tuesday morning, about a dozen flights were cancelled out of YVR, many of them going to destinations within the province or to parts of Western Canada like Calgary.
We are experiencing winter weather conditions with more snow accumulating than forecast, impacting visibility and time to safely de-ice aircraft. Passengers are advised to check their flight status with their airline or on https://t.co/1FdVwVJYyO before coming to the airport. pic.twitter.com/wQ1j5LMVlF
— YVR (@yvrairport) February 28, 2023
Other flights, including several to the US, were delayed. However, despite the nightmare many passengers remember over the holiday season, there are many flights still taking off on time.
There seemed to be confusion on the ground, with one Sunwing gate employee announcing that YVR had ordered all flights grounded. However some flights are still leaving the airport even in the wintry conditions.
Daily Hive saw long lines for Starbucks and other refreshments in the international terminal as passengers waited for updates.
“Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is experiencing winter weather conditions with more snow accumulating than originally forecast. This is impacting both visibility and the amount of time required to safely de-ice aircraft for departure,” YVR said in a release Tuesday.
“We are working with airlines and our partners to ensure passengers and planes can safely get on their way, but passengers should expect adjustments to flight schedules,” it added.
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Metro Vancouver is under a snowfall warning from Environment Canada, with an additional five to 10 centimetres expected Tuesday before it turn to rain Wednesday.