The Comox Valley Airport (YQQ) is advising passengers of a new arrangement with the North Pole to ensure passengers are on their best possible behavior during the upcoming travel season.
YQQ will work with its longtime partner, Elves Helping Airports (E.H.A), to station elves throughout the terminal building in an effort to encourage compliance with the airport's annual holiday traffic guidelines. E.H.A.'s mission is to spread Christmas Cheer during the peak holiday travel period. It is a subsidiary of North Pole Incorporated, a company that is 100 per cent owned and operated by J.O.S.N (Jolly Old Saint Nicholas).
"Each year, YQQ issues some light hearted tips to help passengers navigate through the terminal during the busy holiday season," explained Comox Valley Airport CEO Fred Bigelow. "E.H.A. agents will be observing our passengers and should they note any un-holiday like behavior, they will be letting the big man in red know."
YQQ has not been provided with a description of these elves but the Airport Commission has confirmed an undercover operation is highly probable.
"At this point all we can do is advise all our passengers that Santa is utilizing his Elves to keep a close eye on the terminal building and everyone in it," Bigelow cautioned.
To avoid being added to the naughty list, YQQ suggests that passengers adhere to the following tips and tricks for a successful trip this holiday season:
The terminal's busiest day will likely be December 23 with up to 1,300 passengers travelling through YQQ. Including guests who are dropping off or picking up passengers, there could be up to 2,600 people moving through the terminal on any given day over the holidays.
YQQ will accommodate increased traffic by assigning additional staff and volunteers during peak hours. Information regarding terminal hours, parking and links to all of YQQ's airlines are available on the Comox Valley Airport website at: www.comoxairport.com. The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority website also has helpful tips at: www.catsa.gc.ca/winter-travel-tips
Comox Valley Airport
250-890-0829 ext. 253