An airplane takes off at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport on Monday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

An airplane takes off at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport on Monday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Low visibility, fewer flights at YPK

Movements down to a minimum at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport

The smoke and haze from the B.C. wildfires has slowed down air traffic at Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.

New airport manager Guy Miller says air traffic has definitely been impacted at the airport, although pilots who have the required instruments in their aircraft are still free to take off and land.

“Our airport does a lot of flying visually. Aircraft and pilots can fly out of this airport they just need the required instruments in the aircraft and they need a requirement to have the instrument licence so that they can fly in visibility like this,” explained Miller, adding that visibility is not much different than what you would see during the winter.

But aircraft traffic is currently down to a minimum at the airport.

“We’re probably less than 30 or 40 movements today which is very unusual for this airport.

“We can do hundreds of movements quite easily on a busy day,” said Miller on Monday.