Vancouver Airport Ready For 2010 Winter Games

Officials at Vancouver International Airport say they are prepared for the crush of travellers expected during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, reports the CBC.

There are reportedly plans in place to speed passengers and baggage through the airport, and a temporary remote terminal has been constructed to handle departing athletes, their families and other Olympic personnel.

Airport staff are expecting a record 39,000 people and 77,000 pieces of luggage on March l, the day after the Olympic closing ceremonies, said Vancouver Airport Authority’s Paul Levy.

According to the CBC, the airport authority has spent $30 million on a centralized de-icing setup and bought 10 additional pieces of snow removal equipment to reduce the amount of time it takes to clear a runway.

There will be more than 400 volunteers available to help Olympic traveller, and more than 650 Olympic staff members working at the airport before and during the Games, reports the CBC.

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