Vancouver (YVR) Airport

Vancouver YVR Airport Overview

Vancouver International Airport YVR  is Canada's second-busiest airport - serving the Province of British Columbia's large West Coast  'Sea Island' and the city of Vancouver. Again, Skytrax awarded YVR 'one of the ten Best North American Airports' for mid-sized airports for the fourth consecutive year, and YVR won second place for' Staff Service Excellence in North America'.
The Airport Authority's vision is to continue to develop YVR as a premier global gateway, connecting the Asia-Pacific region and the Americas. 

YVR Airport is about 12 kilometers from downtown Vancouver on Sea Island, and is directly accessible by the Grant McConachie Way leading over the bridge to Hwy 99, which connects to the south to Hwy 91, the East-West Connector.

With four runways an estimated 17 million passengers annually, Vancouver International Airport is hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz.  It is Canada's major gateway to Asia with the most trans-pacific flights, and is served by numerous domestic and international airlines offering nonstop flights within Canada and direct & connecting flights to all points of the globe. 

1. Air China has joined the TWOV & CTT programs, enabling Chinese passengers to travel to/ from the U.S. via Vancouer Airport without obtaining a Canadian visa.
2. Automated Passport Control (using self-service kiosk for passport information) will allow eligible passengers heading for the U.S. to quicker clear customs
3. Dedicated CATSA security screening lines are now available for transborder flights at Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto Pearson, and Montreal airports.  Eligible 'Trusted Travelers' - including: members of NEXUS & Global Entry programs; Canadian and US military, and aircrew in uniform with valid ID - may  use these lines. Self-serve NEXUS kiosks clear customs and immigration faster.

The on-Airport Fairmont Vancouver Airport hotel (tel. 604-207-5200), a sound-proof luxury hotel, is located above the US. Terminal and is accessible from level 3.  Aside from outstanding amenities it also offers meeting or conference rooms for up to 200 persons.

Vancouver International has a Domestic & an International Terminal, and a small regional hub called the 'South Terminal'.

Present & future Airport developments:
  The $1.8 Billion -10-year airport improvement project will include over 700 meters of post-security corridors & moving walkways to reduce connecting time; a new high-speed baggage system; the upgrade of older areas of the Domestic Terminal; and the addition of runway safety measures.


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YVR Delays: 15 mins or less.

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