A few weeks after travel restrictions have been relaxed across the country, the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is seeing significant growth in daily passenger volumes.
YVR officials have seen a 50% rise in the number of passengers catching domestic and international flights within the last few days. This amounts to approximately 30,000 passengers, which is the highest tally since the start of the pandemic in 2019.
The growth in passenger volume was primarily propelled by the reopening of the US-Canada border last August, which catered to permanent residents currently in the United States and fully-vaccinated American citizens. Beginning on August 9, YVR estimated that the airport accommodated around 23,000 passengers daily.
It is expected that the further relaxing of travel restrictions concerning international travelers will make the projection even higher.
At midnight of September 7, the national government announced that international travelers who have received at least two shots of a Health Canada-approved COVID-19 vaccine will now be admitted in the country. The authorized vaccines are from AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
In line with this, the country’s ban on direct flights from India has been extended to September 21 due to the surge in new COVID-19 test-positive cases in the latter state.
The growth in passenger volume in the YVR also led to the rehiring of frontline personnel. They will be designated to handle and facilitate the amenities and services in and around the airport. “With these travel measures easing, we are expecting longer wait times as a result of increased passenger volumes,” the YVR officials pointed out. “We are committed to keeping passengers informed should there be changes to the travel experience,” they added.