YQQ reminds passengers to show up on time for flights

VANCOUVER ISLAND, BC, April 7, 2015 /CNW/ - The Comox Valley Airport is reminding passengers to adhere to the recommended check-in time established by their airline to avoid the disappointment of being turned away from their flight. 

"Often people will ignore the recommended check-in time because they feel like the rule shouldn't apply to a smaller airport," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "As our airport becomes busier throughout the spring and summer, this is a good time to remind passengers that it is their responsibility to adhere to the policies of the airline they are travelling with."

Bigelow explained that when a passenger checks in late, it is not just a matter of the passengers themselves making it through security and onto the plane.  The luggage must also be screened and loaded onto the plane, which can cause further delay. Waiting for even one passenger can sometimes mean the loss of a landing slot at the destination airport. 

Check-in times for YQQ's airlines are as follows:

Central Mountain Air


Recommended check-in time                

60 minutes before scheduled departure

Check-in deadline

45 minutes before scheduled departure



Pacific Coastal Airlines


Recommended check-in time                

45 minutes before scheduled departure

Check-in deadline                                

20 minutes before scheduled departure



WestJet


Recommended check-in time                

60 to 90 minutes before scheduled departure

Check-in deadline                                 

45 minutes before scheduled departure

To prevent unnecessary delays, the airport is advising that passengers give themselves plenty of time to get to the terminal, including planning for extras such as parking or booking a taxi.

"The last thing we want is for passengers to be turned away from their flights because they haven't given themselves enough time," said Bigelow.

SOURCE Comox Valley Airport

For further information: Media Contact: Christianne Wile, Comox Valley Airport, (250) 890-0829 ext. 253, cwile@comoxairport.com

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