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Victoria Airport Authority Announces Baggage System Improvements

Sep 14, 2015

Travellers can expect to see some temporary changes in the check-in process as the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) upgrades the baggage screening system at the Victoria International Airport (YYJ).

A temporary baggage handling facility is being constructed to allow for the current baggage make-up area to be renovated and existing equipment replaced with more advanced, internationally compatible technology.  CATSA’s priority is the security of the travelling public and these improvements will ensure that their system continues to employ the best industry practices and standards.

Upon arrival at the airport for a flight, passengers will continue to check-in with their airline but will be required to take their tagged baggage to the east end of the terminal building and drop them at the temporary baggage screening point.  From there, passengers proceed to the security checkpoint for pre-board screening.

“Passengers are reminded to arrive 90-mintues prior to their flight as the cut off time for checking-in with the airlines is 45 minutes prior to departure for a domestic flight and 60 minutes prior for an international flight.  We are working closely with CATSA to minimize the inconvenience to travellers and ask for their cooperation during construction as we work towards a seamless transition to the new system,” said Geoff Dickson, VAA President and CEO.

The new baggage drop procedures will begin September 14, 2015.  It is expected that this CATSA funded initiative will be completed by January 2017 at a cost of $9.7M.

About Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (Airport Code: YYJ) is the 10th busiest airport in Canada with over 1.64 million passengers per year.  Victoria is well served with more than 120 daily flights throughout North America.  YYJ was rated among one of the top ten most-loved airports in the world by CNN Travel and is the 2012 and 2014 winner of ‘Best Regional Airport in North America’ by Airports Council International.

Media Contact - Victoria Airport Authority (VAA)
James Bogusz, Vice President Operations & Development
(250) 953-7570

Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA)