Winter Games 2010 YVR updates for visitors and Vancouverites alike

As an official non-competition venue, YVR is managing the arrivals and departures of 230,000 more travellers than usual at this time of year.

More travellers means more aircraft at YVR, so local residents may notice some changes in the skies. Along with new and different aircraft not regularly seen in Vancouver, there will be more flights throughout the day and at night. 2010 Winter Games airspace restrictions are in place, so residents may also notice different flight patterns. YVR’s two main runways will be used for departures and arrivals throughout the Games period. The north runway, used primarily for arrivals, will be used for departures as needed to manage increased traffic and to prevent delays. Nighttime aircraft operations will occur only as required and every effort will be made to minimize aircraft noise in the local community.

At the main terminal curb, much will be the same. Passengers will still be able to access the terminal as they normally do. Curb pick up and drop off will be allowed, taxis will be available, and the Canada Line will take travellers from the Airport to downtown Vancouver in just 25 minutes.

As always, check your flight status at www.yvr.ca before coming to the airport, and where possible, check-in online or at an off-site kiosk, which are located at some hotels and most Canada Line stations.

The day following the Closing Ceremonies is traditionally when many Olympic visitors return home, so YVR is preparing for the busiest day in its history on March 1. On March 1 only, departing passengers should allow extra time and arrive at the airport four hours prior to departure. The roads will be busy, so travellers should also leave extra time to get to the airport.

Visit www.yvr.ca for travel tips and learn more about what’s happening at the airport during the Games.

You can also follow YVR on Twitter @yvrairpor

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