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YVR Gets Set for the Busiest Day in the Airport’s History

March 01, 2010

As the lights dim at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the staff at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will be gearing up for the single busiest day in the airport’s history. On March 1, the day after the Olympics close, the airport is expecting 39,000 passengers to depart.

“Even though it will be hard to say goodbye to our Olympic visitors, we’ve got a plan in place to ensure their smooth travel through YVR,” said Paul Levy, Vice President, Planning 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Vancouver Airport Authority.

To help passengers get to their flights on time on March 1, the Airport Authority is encouraging everyone to think “5-4-3-2-1”.

Five hours before departure, passengers should check their flight’s departure status at With four hours to go, passengers should arrive at YVR. At three hours before flight time, bags should be checked, and passengers should be in the security screening line.

Once through screening, and with two hours remaining before departure, passengers can continue the post-Olympic celebration and enjoy all that YVR has to offer. They can pick up final souvenirs for family and friends, enjoy a bite to eat at one of the airport’s many restaurants, and soak up the festive atmosphere and entertainment.

With just one hour left before departure, passengers should head to their gate, and relax before their flight.

The 5-4-3-2-1 formula is designed to give passengers the extra time they’ll need to catch their flights on the busy day of March 1, but not so early that they add to congestion in the terminal. For every other day of the Games, it is business as usual at YVR. Passengers and residents are encouraged to check for latest information.

“We’ve spent a lot of time planning and preparing for March 1, and now we’re ready,” said Levy. “We plan to create a great last impression for Olympic visitors as they say farewell to our city.”

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