May 23, 2014 10:35 am
Updated: May 23, 2014 6:54 pm

Power outage at Vancouver International Airport causing delays


Whole sections of Vancouver International Airport were without power for over 30 minutes this morning.

While the power has since been restored, YVR says some flights will be delayed as a result.

Many early-morning, would-be flyers started tweeting pictures of the darkness in both the domestic and international terminals around 6:45.

BC Hydro said just before 7 a.m. a lightning strike at the corner of Great Canadian Way and Van Horne damaged a neutral conductor on the transmission line that serves YVR causing an outage. BC Hydro’s system operators identified the problem and restored power to the airport within five minutes.

Airport spokeswoman Kate Donegani could not say exactly how many domestic flights are affected, but noted it is “more than handful” as travellers face

challenges checking in and making their way through security screenings.

Passengers on departing flights are encountering the most disruptions but Donegani says all passengers are being urged to contact their airline for the latest information and to leave lots of time if they are travelling through YVR.

– With files from Canadian Press

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