Travellers created makeshift beds at the Victoria International Airport Sunday night. (Submitted)

Dozens forced to sleep at Victoria airport as snow halts flights

Flight cancellations, full hotels and closed highways leave travellers stranded

Between 65 and 70 people slept at the Victoria International Airport Sunday night after most flights were cancelled.

Nearby hotels, like the Travelodge and the Sidney Waterfront Inn were at capacity after many last minute bookings.

Some Monday morning flight arrivals are delayed, while a number of early morning departures are cancelled altogether.

Airport authority media representative Rod Hunchak said the airport’s main runway is open and planes are able to land and take off safely. Crews started working to clear the runway last night.

“It’s busy in the terminal but there’s no excessive line ups,” he said. “The airlines are processing people as best they can.”

“It’s a matter of staying ahead of the game. It’s hard to stay ahead when you have so much snow accumulating.”

With 10-15 additional centimetres of snow expected to fall between Monday morning and Tuesday morning, Hunchak says more delays are possible and asks travellers to check the Victoria International Airport website for all updates and contact their airline regarding any cancellations.

“Give yourself plenty of time to get here,” Hunchak added.

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The Victoria International Airport saw about 50 travellers bunker up after winter weather caused road closures and flight cancellations. (Submitted)

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