A shortage of de-icing fluid at Victoria International Airport grounded flights for several hours Monday after the region was hit by snow and cold.
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A dump of wet snow across much of British Columbia's South Coast is causing headaches for travellers, after flights were delayed at major airports in Vancouver and Victoria.
Several flights at Victoria International Airport were canceled, and many delayed, after the airport ran out of deicing fluid. As the snow turned to rain, many of the canceled flights resumed.
Airport spokesman Terry Stewart said it's the first time the deicing fluid supply has run out — on Saturday, the airport had more than 12,000 litres of glycol, but none was left this morning. In the meantime, the airport is arranging to bring in de-icing fluid from other airports.
"We're looking at a secondary supply from Vancouver International trying to get that over here as quickly as possible, and the logistics of that are not easy," he said.