It could be a slow-going process for holiday travellers planning to head out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today.
The region’s first big snowfall of the season is wreaking havoc on flight schedules, with some being delayed, while others are being cancelled entirely.
In a statement, the airport said it has activated its snow operations and crews are busy working on deicing aircraft and clearing snow from runways, taxiways, aprons and roadways.
Still, “we are seeing delays and cancellations related to snowy weather in Vancouver and across Western Canada,” said YVR. “Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for current timelines and flight information. Passengers are also encouraged to leave extra time when traveling to the airport and to drive safely.”
For those travelling today, YVR offered the following tips:
- Check the status of your flight on your airline’s website or the flight information section on this website before coming to the airport. Remember that inclement weather around the province or country could affect your flight.
- Check-in online, print your boarding pass before you leave for the airport or have it emailed to your handheld mobile device.
- If you are driving to the airport, have a parking plan.
- Factor in time for traffic congestion, parking and walking to the terminal.
- Allow ample time to check in, clear security and board your flight.
YVR said that ongoing updates will be provided online throughout the day.