Car snowed in? Call airport security

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Deer Lake airport parking lot pummelled by snowfalls

Travellers leaving their vehicles for prolonged periods of time at the Deer Lake Regional Airport can expect to shovel those vehicles out when they come back.

Airport operations manager Lendl Smith said although staff cannot clean off individual vehicles after a snowstorm, they can help dig those vehicles out.

The parking lot can have more than 500 cars and trucks parked in the newly-expanded lot, and last week that count was almost 1,000, according to Smith’s figures.  A recent flight into the province showed giant lumps of snow completely covering vehicles while the road between the lots was plowed. The snow accumulation was halfway up car doors, making them hard to open .

“We’ll do our best to help people. We have shovels that travellers can use,” said Smith. “If they do need help we can arrange to get someone there. They just have to call security. It won’t cost them anything.”

He said the airport provides snowclearing from the highway turn­off, and this winter has presented major challenges.

While drivers are shovelling, the operations manager asked for common courtesy.

“We don’t want to see people shovelling snow onto someone else’s vehicle. That’s not right,” he said. “They should watch where they place the snow they do shovel.”

Smith said it’s preferable for drivers to shovel snow onto the cleared lanes between the rows of parked vehicles. Then, when drivers are at the gate, they should let the attendant know the snow is there so it can be plowed away as soon as possible.

The Western Star

Geographic location: Deer Lake, Western Star

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Recent comments

  • Alex
    March 11, 2014 - 09:17

    Amazing, they have shovels now, two weeks ago when we got back from Florida we had to borrow a small emergency shovel from someone to dig out our car which was almost completely buried. We were told at the time that it was not their responsibility to supply shovels. They say they will even help you dig out your vehicle. I guess all the complaints they got that day didn't fall on deaf ears after all.

  • Now
    March 11, 2014 - 07:46

    Now that's what I call service.