Last updated: 03:57 PM ET, Mon July 13 2015

Traffic Jam for New Mall Causes Flight Delays in Vancouver

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 13, 2015

Traffic Jam for New Mall Causes Flight Delays in Vancouver

PHOTO: Vancouver International Airport. (Courtesy of Thinkstock)

Vancouver International Airport dealt with flight delays last week, but instead of being caused by bad weather or computer glitches, these inconveniences were the result of a traffic jam at a new outlet mall.

Shoppers were attempting to attend the grand opening of McArthurGlen Designer Outlets—located next to the Vancouver Airport—when traffic congestion forced many passengers en route to the airport to be late for their flights.

According to CTV Vancouver, officials at the airport confirmed that there were delays last Thursday due to the traffic congestion outside the facilities, but they claim this shouldn’t be a regular issue moving forward.

Vancouver International Airport Vice President of Operations Steve Hankinson told, “We had more congestion than what we wanted to see. We continue to adjust [our] plan so that we focus on getting customers to their flight on time. We are constantly monitoring and planning for the growth of the mall.”

The congestion on the roads became so bad in the area that local Mounties were forced to step in and direct traffic on Grant McConachie Way in order to get people to the airport and to the 240,000-square-foot shopping center.

While the airport officials will study the traffic patterns and adjust accordingly, the congestion could continue to get worse as the outlet mall continues to grow as more phases of the construction continue to be built.

The shopping center’s next big opening will be a 135,000-square-foot expansion in 2017.

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