Vancouver International Airport (YVR/CYVR)

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Vancouver Airport

Vancouver Airport is targeting 25 million annual passengers by 2020.

Other major reasons to serve this airport

  • Vancouver (YVR) is a strategic gateway to Canada and the Americas. With an aggressive corporate goal of reaching 25 million passengers per annum by 2020, YVR is actively pursuing new ways to reduce costs and fees compared to its competitors. YVR’s ideal location on the beautiful Canadian West Coast offers a strong O&D market, as well as an ever improving connections process to the rest of Canada and the Americas.
  • YVR offers the lowest rates and charges of all international airports in Canada.
  • YVR is the fastest growing airport in Canada.
  • British Columbia enjoys the strongest GDP growth in Canada, supported by a diverse economy made up by its mining, port, IT, film, forestry and education industries.
  • Vancouver presents a sizable and profitable market opportunity, with a strong economy and ever expanding tourism market.
  • YVR has been voted the top airport in North America in the Skytrax Awards for seven consecutive years.
Vancouver Marketing

British Airways in 2016 became the first airline to use the A380 into Vancouver, with it operating the aircraft on its daily service from London Heathrow.

Marketing/and other support

  • Vancouver (YVR) places a very high value on relationships with its airline partners. Strong partnerships are established to ensure successful route launches and importantly continue onwards to ensure sustained route profitability.
  • YVR employs a tailored and creative marketing approach to launching a new service and ensuring its longevity beyond launch, through leveraging tourism and business partnerships at both ends of the route.
  • YVR offers the lowest rates and charges of all international airports in Canada.
  • Competitive incentives and marketing/media support are available to new operators and new destinations.

Rumble in YVR. Hong Kong Airlines’ pre-inaugural launch promotional video.

Airport Catchment area

  • 30-min catchment area: Vancouver (604,000), Lower Mainland (2,590,000).
  • 60-min catchment area: Squamish, Abbotsford and Bellingham – WA (114,000).
  • 120-min catchment area: Victoria, Whistler, and Seattle.

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • In 2015 Vancouver (YVR) handled 271,772 tonnes of freight. The top three products that made up this weight were Shellfish, digital software and aircraft and helicopter parts.

Vancover Airport completed its last major refurbishment in 2015.


  • Vancouver (YVR) is located on Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia. The city of Vancouver is accessible by rapid public transit in 25 minutes without transfers. The cost of transportation by public transport from YVR to downtown Vancouver is $9,00 (Canadian – CAD).

Infrastructure & Operations

  • Runways: Three – 11,500 feet; 9,940 feet; and 7,300 feet.
  • Slot Coordinated: Yes – contact for more information.
  • Operating hours: 24/7
  • Terminals: Single terminal design capable of handling 25 million passengers per annum. Last major refurbishment was completed in 2015.
  • Min. connect time: Varies on sector. Contact airport directly for more information.
Vancouver Airport Terminal

Vancouver Airport is a one-terminal facility that can accomodate 25 million passengers annually.

Important infrastructure developments and/or other news

  • The 20-year YVR Master Plan, approved by the Federal Minister of Transport, is a medium-term road-map, outlining how Vancouver Airport Authority will:
    • Accommodate growth in passenger aircraft and cargo volumes.
    • Meet the needs of YVR’s stakeholders and the communities it serves.
    • Achieve its gateway strategy and sustainability objectives while supporting the airport’s longer-term viability.
  • The 20-year Master Plan identifies what must be done to meet air travel needs in 2027 and Vancouver Airport Authority’s recommendations for meeting those needs.
  • Find out more about YVR’s Master Plan.

Vital Statistics

  • In 2015 YVR handled a record breaking 20.3 million passengers. This was acheived through record growth in all three sectors: international, domestic and transborder (US). The majority of YVR’s traffic is domestic (50%), with international and transborder traffic evenly split at 25% each.
  • Freight: 271,772 tonnes of freight were handled in 2015.
  • Largest carrier: Air Canada and WestJet.