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YVR expects the busiest travel weekend since the pandemic

Vancouver International Airport anticipates seeing the busiest travel weekend since the start of the pandemic.

As we enter the Victoria Day long weekend, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) warns of long lineups as it anticipates its busiest travel days since 2020. 

More than 50,000 passengers are expected to arrive daily between Friday, May 20 through Monday, May 23, said a YVR spokesperson in a press release. 

“This marks the airport’s busiest travel weekend since the pandemic with the highest volume of passengers expected on Friday,” reads the release. 

Passengers at YVR may experience long lines for security screening at the Canadian Air Transport Security (CATSA) checkpoints, it added. 

To help make the travel smoother, YVR has shared some tips.

1: Be prepared and arrive early. Passengers should arrive at least two hours ahead of their domestic scheduled flight and at least three hours ahead for the U.S. and international destinations. 

2: Have a parking plan. Here are four ways to park at YVR if you plan to drive. 

3: Know before you go. Have your travel documents, including your passport and proof of vaccination, ready before you check in for your flight. Be sure to also understand the entry requirements of your destination. For U.S. and international travelers, be sure to pre-book any required testing for entry ahead of time. Learn more about testing options at YVR. 

4: Masks are required in the terminal and onboard during the flight.

5: Take note of in-terminal signs. Passengers may be directed through specific screening checkpoints depending on volume. Please follow in-terminal signs. YVR’s Guest Experience team and Green Coat volunteers are stationed at Information Counters and throughout the terminal and are ready to answer any questions you may have. 

6: Be prepared for passenger screening. Please be patient as CATSA staff are doing their best under very busy and challenging circumstances and be prepared to help agents move you through screening as efficiently as possible. Ensure liquids, gels and aerosols are in containers that are under 100 milliliters and are packaged into one transparent, closed, and resealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than one litre.