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International arrivals limited due to runway congestion at YVR

Travellers are encouraged to check with their airlines before arriving at the airport.
International arrivals to YVR will be limited from Wednesday to Friday morning.

Planes coming to YVR from outside of Canada will be limited over the next 48 hours in order to clear the runways of aircraft stuck there because of the recent snowstorm.

Starting Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and going through to Friday morning, some international flights won’t be allowed to arrive at YVR.

This is to help planes that got stuck on runways during this week’s heavy dump of snow to depart.

“As a result of delays and cancellations following the snowstorm earlier this week, a significant number of aircraft remain at YVR, which has led to congestion on our airfield,” reads a statement from YVR.

Travellers are encouraged to check with their airlines for flight information before arriving at the airport.

In an early morning statement on Wednesday, YVR said some arrivals and departures are on-going as the weather conditions have improved, however, some delays and cancellations should be expected.

Late Tuesday night, the airport said 30 international flights from 17 airlines were expected to be cancelled.

The News reported Tuesday on the chaos at the airport as flights were unable to leave and travellers were stranded for hours at the terminal and in planes.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work to get aircraft, crews and passengers safely on their way this holiday season,” the statement from Wednesday morning reads.

Updates will be provided on their website and on Twitter @YVRairport or @YVRaeroport.