The Victoria International Airport may be small but it will pass the 2 million passenger mark during the holiday season, forecasted to be a busy time for travellers. (iStock)

Travel tips for passing through the Victoria airport this holiday season

It may be small in size but Victoria International Airport was voted one of the top 10 busiest in Canada

Travelling during the holiday season often presents unique challenges as the sheer volume of passengers can extend line-ups and unpredictable weather can create untimely delays, even at smaller airports like in Victoria.

The trick is to remember that while you’re encountering obstacles, so too are your fellow travellers, says Rod Hunchak, director of business development and community relations for the Victoria Airport Authority.

“You tend to focus just on where you need to go,” says Hunchak, who estimates Dec. 20 and 21 to be the busiest travel days.

RELATED: BC Ferries adds extra sailings for holiday travel

A list of holiday travel tips can be found on the airport’s website including the usual advice to allow extra time for parking, schedule changes and security lines, but some considerations like having your identification and travel documents at the ready or being cognizant of how much you pack, are also helpful.

Hunchak also encourages travellers to take advantage of online check-in: “That saves a ton of time.”

RELATED: What you need to know about pot on planes

In 2017, the Victoria International Airport was voted one of the top 10 busiest in Canada – it may be small and preferable to travellers but it’s still a hopping busy place.

One thing it doesn’t do, however, is answer customer queries that should be directed to air carriers.

“People tend to phone the airport to check on their flights and the fact is they really should be contacting their specific airline,” Hunchak says.

This month the airport will welcome its two-millionth passenger this year after tracking some 1.9 million travellers in 2017. Current projections see that number rising almost 6 per cent.

To accommodate the growth, a new parking lot will be ready just in time for vehicle overflow, a given this time of year. Still, Hunchak equates the volume to Thanksgiving or a typical long weekend.

“We don’t want to build on anyone’s travel anxiety,” he points out. “We actually want to make it as easy and anxious-free as possible.”

RELATED: Victoria airport terminal expansion underway

And while torrential rains or heavy winds are the kind of severe weather Islanders have come to expect, there is always a chance for some of that white stuff.

“People here are pretty lucky because the weather isn’t as big a consideration,” Hunchak says, when compared to major cities with regular snowfall. “But, we’re fully equipped to handle a major snow event and through the years there has been some.”


@kristyn_anthony
kristyn.anthony@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Ogden Point officially rebranded as The Breakwater District

New signage and logos accompany plans for the area’s future

Police arrest two men on Gorge Road East

Traffic has resumed in the area

Former Canadian Chief Justice talks shop in Sidney

Beverly McLachlin served 28 years on the Supreme Court of Canada, including 17 as Chief Justice.

Man faces 11 charges after accidentally discharges bear spray around Victoria cops

A Victoria man had a unlucky morning Wednesday after he accidentally discharged… Continue reading

Suspected opioid overdose likely culprit behind serious crash in Fairfield

Victoria paramedics give unconscious driver Narcan

Sealand was much more than killer whales, says ex-employee

Former Sealasd trainer revisits Sealand of the Pacific in talk

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of September 17

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should the province step in to upgrade the road to Bamfield?

The death of two University of Victoria students on a bus bound… Continue reading

B.C. MLA calls on province to restrict vaping as first related illness appears in Canada

Todd Stone, Liberal MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson, introduced an anti-vaping bill in April

Chilliwack woman wins right to medically assisted death after three-year court battle

Julia Lamb has been the lead plaintiff in a legal battle to ease restrictions on Canada’s assisted dying laws

Sooke athletes win gold at 55+ Games

Myrtle Acton, 86, leads way with three first place finishes

NDP, Liberals promise more spending, while Tories promise spending cuts

Making life more affordable for Canadians a focus in the 2019 election

UPDATE: Police probe third threat against a Kamloops high school in eight days

Police have not released any further details into what the threat includes

Charges dropped against Mountie involved in shooting death of Surrey man

‘I feel like I’ve lost Hudson all over again,’ says mom

Most Read