BC Ferries and YYJ coping with holiday rush

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With the sun shining and travellers at ferry terminals in a jolly mood, it’s hard to believe it’s only two days before Christmas.

It’s in stark contrast to last year when ferry routes were delayed or cancelled and flights were grounded.

Both BC Ferries and YYJ are reporting few delays during one of the busiest travelling days of the year.

It was anything but smooth sailings leading up to the holiday weekend, however with BC Ferries experiencing crew shortages and service outages due to the Moneris pay system briefly going down on Friday.

The debit and credit card payment system also went down briefly again on Saturday, affecting BC Ferries, but that doesn’t seem to have dampened the mood much. The company says it’s doing everything it can to keep the holidays bright.

“We’ve added numerous extra sailings throughout the holiday period, about a 150 extra sailings in total,” said BC Ferries executive director of public affairs Deborah Marshall.

“We’ve got lots of staff on hand and lots of sailings to get our customers on their way and get them to enjoy their holiday plans,” she said Saturday.

Meanwhile, officials at Vancouver Island’s biggest airport, YYJ, say despite large crowds and it being the busiest travel day of the year, there’s still plenty of parking available.

That being said, airport officials say if you’re catching a flight, be sure to arrive early.

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