There’s a new way for travelers to skip the sometimes long security lines at Vancouver International Airport.
With the YVR Express service, travelers can make an appointment for their security check up to 72 hours before their flight, so they can jump to the front of the queue as soon as they arrive.
The agreements are expected to “shorten waiting times for security checks” and “create a more predictable experience for both passengers and staff,” the airport said in a press release.
Over the summer, YVR saw massive lineups caused by a mix of staff shortages and an influx of travelers, many of whom flew for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials said passenger traffic was approaching pre-pandemic levels over the Labor Day long weekend, with more than 67,000 travelers passing through YVR on Sunday alone. The airport saw about 77,000 passengers per day in 2019.
While the YVR Express service will likely be an attractive option for many travelers, it’s only available to those headed to the US — at least for now.
In a statement, Robyn Mcvicker of the Vancouver Airport Authority said officials “in the coming months are looking to expand YVR Express to our domestic and international airport security checkpoints so that all travelers at YVR have more control over their journey.”
To book a screening appointment, travelers must enter their flight details and email address online. They will then receive a QR code that will allow them to claim their reservation within 15 minutes of their allotted time.
YVR officials acknowledged the delays and congestion that have frustrated travelers in recent months, but said the airport “has not experienced the level of operational disruption that has systematically hit major airports worldwide over the summer,” despite a huge spike in demand. .
Passenger traffic increased by about 170 percent between January and August, they said.