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Nanaimo Airport takes stress out of winter travel

By | Advisory

Making winter travel plans? Nanaimo Airport can connect you to global destinations without the lineups and general congestion you’ll find at larger airports. And you don’t need to take a ferry, or stay in a hotel, to catch a flight close to home.

The airport’s amenities reduce the stress of travel during one of the busiest seasons of the year. Parking lots have expanded so finding a reasonably-priced spot for vehicles is easier. The enlarged security screening area means passengers can check their baggage in less time.

A major expansion of the Air Terminal Building is adding more charging stations for devices. And vending machines in the passenger lounge offer a selection of snacks and drinks to grab before boarding.

Travellers can also count on the friendly team of Blue Navigators for assistance in the terminal. The volunteer ambassadors, wearing bright blue vests, can answer questions and provide information to help get you on your way.

Here are some tips from Nanaimo Airport’s Customer Care team to help your trip go smoothly:

  1. Pack your carry-on by the rules

Use the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website if you’re not sure what you’re allowed to carry on to the plane.

  1. Check your flight and paperwork before leaving home

Do you have the necessary paperwork for air travel?  Have you checked the federal government’s Travel Advice and Advisories page? And don’t forget to visit your airline’s website and NanaimoAirport.com for up-to-the-minute flight information.

  1. Arrive early

Plan to be at the airport at least 90 minutes before your flight. That’ll give you time to breathe rather than rush.

  1. Check your bags right away

Head for security screening as soon as you have checked in with your airline. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority handles screening. Once you’re clear, you can kick back in the expanded departure lounge and enjoy TV, a play area for kids, and food and beverage machines in comfort.

 

 

Airport reliability takes worry out of travel plans

By | Advisory, Airport Improvements, Business Travel, Home Page Announcements

Airport reliability takes worry out of travel plans

Nanaimo Airport Reliability Graph

There aren’t many certainties in life but here’s one you can pretty much count on: a flight out of Nanaimo Airport.

The airport posted a 99.6% weather reliability rating last year – nearly all planned flights took off or landed despite some severe weather conditions. That impressive performance was achieved with more than 550 scheduled flights using the airport each month.

The sterling weather reliability rating allows central Island travellers to rely on the airport as their year-round gateway to the world. Of course, Mother Nature sometimes has other plans. Extreme weather can impact flights at any airport, and seaplanes too. Other travel modes for Islanders are similarly at the mercy of weather. Last month, for example, BC Ferries cancelled several sailings due to high winds. Flights continued as scheduled during those times at Nanaimo Airport.

So what accounts for the airport’s near-perfect reliability rating?

Much of the credit goes to an Instrument Landing System (ILS) installed in 2010. The high-tech navigation aid helps pilots land and take off safely even with limited visibility. Before ILS was implemented, as many as 90 flights a year were cancelled due to weather.

Other infrastructure improvements made by the Nanaimo Airport Commission have also boosted flight reliability by extending the runway and additional lighting. (Approach lights are the most important for pilots when landing.)

Since airlines — not the airport — decide when to cancel flights, it’s always best to check with your air carrier for up-to-date information. Also visit NanaimoAirport.com for a  live flight status updates for arrivals and departures.