Chaos in Vancouver Airport – Over 4000 Bags Left Unclaimed

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Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the main airport serving Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 

It is the second busiest airport in Canada, handling over 25 million passengers annually. YVR is a hub for Air Canada and WestJet, and it serves as a gateway to Asia, Europe, and the United States.

Chaos at Vancouver Airport

The Vancouver International airport is in chaos due to the extreme weather over the festive season. With so many people traveling during this time, the airport has struggled to keep up with the demand.

Flights are being delayed and canceled left, right and centre, and passengers are expectedly frustrated. Over 4000 bags were left unclaimed over the holidays, and whilst the the situation has improved, the problems that have plagued the travel industry in the aftermath of covid continue to do exactly that.

This is likely to cause further disruptions at the airport, and passengers are advised to plan accordingly.  

What to do if your flight is Cancelled?

In case your flight is canceled make sure to follow the next steps:

  • Keep copies of your tickets and any other receipts such as hotel reservations, car rental and etc.
  • Make notes of the latest updates regarding your flight.
  • Contact your airline or your corporate travel agent and ask for either a refund or a rebooking of your flight ticket and/or hotel reservation.

What to do if your Bag is lost?

If your bag is lost, it is really important to document all your personal belongings and estimated cost of everything that was inside of your bag. 

A lost personal bag is usually compensated up to C$2300 by the airlines. According to the Canadian Transport Agency, however, if the airline took the necessary steps to prevent this type of delay, it would be absolved from these obligations.

Travelling Through Vancouver

If you are traveling through Vancouver International Airport in the near future, be prepared for delays and cancellations. It is also important to have a backup plan in case your flight is affected. With a little bit of planning, you can avoid the worst of the chaos.

How to beat the system

Employing the services of a corporate travel agency like ours, gives you an instant edge against the every day leisure traveller. Despite the chaos that ensued in the days running up to Christmas, our corporate travel agents were able to redirect entire teams of corporate travellers. This meant that not a single one of our clients had their Christmas plans ruined, which unfortunately wasn’t the case for many of the leisure travellers.

If you think this is the kind of service your corporate travellers could benefit from, make sure to get in touch!

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