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  • Transfer from Domestic to International
    Dec 1, 2013
    We are flying in from Victoria airport on Air Canada flight due to land at 11:24. Our International flight to London has changed from 15:00 take off to 13:25. Is this enough time to disembark, collect luggage and get to international check in at Air Transat before the desk closes an hour before take off?


    First of all, you have plenty of time for transfer. The two International & Domestic terminals are connected at their level 2; Domestic T has gates C25-52; Int'l T has gated D50-78 & E67-99. ACanna uses the C, D & E gates; Air Transat uses D gates. If you purchased both flights on one ticket your bags will be automatically transferred, if not, contact Transat to find out if you need to claim bags on arrival and re-check them in at their counter. If yu have to transfer between terminals, follow signs: international signs are marked with a globe, domestic ones with a Canada flag.


    Thanks sanov13. According to the Air Canada details we will be coming into terminal M. As the flights were booked separately we will need to collect our baggage ourselves and then check in at Air Transat. Its been suggested that we change our flight for an earlier one though!


    YVR has no Terminal M - The M could stand for 'Main Terminal' - as both International & Domestic terminals are connected on their second level.


  • 70 minutes connection time at YVR enough?
    Nov 11, 2013
    I fly in from Sydney on Air Canada flight, arrive to YVR at 7:30AM. Do I have enough time to make my connection to LAX flight, depart at 8:40AM at YVR? The YVR-LAX flight is on Air Canada as well. I am a 82yr lady wth wheelchair assistance.


    You should be OK with the wheelchair assistance. YVR is pretty compact.


    Thanks ZAP, I figure flying in at gate D51, fly out at gate E81, the walking time should be around 12 minutes. My only concern is the waiting time at US Border Inspection line. Would the line be long around 7:30am? I do have the option to take the 5pm flight, but waiting counld be dreafull.


  • transfer @YVR to Chicago
    Nov 10, 2013
    I fly from China to YVR on Air China at 10:30 am on Saturday. I need to make the connection with United Airlines leaving at 12:36 pm from YVR to Chicago. I have a check-in bag. I hold Chinese passport and a U.S. green card. I have about two hours to transfer the flights. Do I have enough time to make the transfer. Thank you!


    Yes you have enough time for transfer. You will arrive at Terminal 5 & departfrom Terminal 1. 1. Air China & United are both members of the Star Alliance; therefore your bag will automatically be transferred. 2. On arrival at Terminal 5, you will have go through passport check, retrieve checked bag, go through customs clearance - then re-check-in bag where indicated. 3. Thereafter, proceed up one level to the Airport Transit System (ATS) station and take the ATS train, which runs every few minutes, to your connecting Terminal 1, where you need to go through security check. Terminal 1 has Concourses B (gates B1-22 & Concourse C (gates C1-32). Concourse C is a separate building, connected to Concourse B gates by walkway. Follow signs.


    Disregard SUNOV, his instructions are for a connection at ORD. He does not know how to read. At YVR you will go through Canadian immigration, claim your baggage, re-check your baggage at the re-check desk. Then go upstairs, get your United boarding pass if you don't already have it, go to the US departures area, go through US immigration, claim your bag AGAIN, go through US customs, then re-check your bag again, then go to your gate.


  • china southern from CAN to air canada to YOW
    Sep 18, 2013
    i am flying in from china southern to YVR at 10:40 and need to catch an Air Canada flight at 12:45 to YOW. is that possible?


    Yes, that should be enough time.


  • Seattle to Shanghai connections time
    Jun 13, 2013
    My wife is arriving from Seattle to YVR on Alaska Airlines at 11:33 (Gate E94). She has a connection with China Eastern Airlines leaving at 1:20 (Gate D67). She can get a boarding pass at the gate for China Eastern. She has no checked baggage, just carry on. She must be at gate D67 by 12:40. Does she have enough time? She must go through (Canadian?) customs. Can she stay inside and go straight to the gate? Or does she need to go outside security, get a boarding pass and come back in (in which case I do not think she can make it.) This is happening tomorrow, June 13.


    Yes, I think she will have to go through Canadian immigration. I don't think she will have enough time to do all that. She should try to get on an earlier flight.


    Thanks ZAP! Yes, I think you are right. Because she does not have a boarding pass, she cannot stay inside security and go straight to the China Eastern gate. So, she will have to go outside security and back in. There is no way to do that in time. Everyone says it takes at least 2 hours. So, we found a way to get her ther early! Alaska has an option called "Same Day Confirmed". This lets you switch to an earlier flight to the same destination on the same day without changing or invalidating your ticket! She is using this option right now. Hope it works!


  • Victoria to Vancouver to Beijing
    Jun 4, 2013
    I'm flying from Victoria to Beijing and I'm connecting through Vancouver. The problem is I have one ticket for Victoria to Vancouver with Air Canada, and my Vancouver to Beijing flight with Air China is on another ticket. To make it clearer, they were accidentally booked separately. Will I have to leave domestic, check in, and go through security again?


    Yes, you will probably have to leave the secure area as I don't know how else you'd get your Air China boarding pass. Perhaps if you can check in online and you don't have any checked bags you can stay in the secure area.


  • connecting flight from SEA to NRT
    Jun 12, 2013
    If I came from SEA by Horizon ariving YVR.If I had check trough NRT already having baggage claim tag but not having JL boarding pass. Can I go to the internal gate without leaving secure area, or just go to JL counter check-in at public area. Can I layover at night when arriving YVR before departure at daytime.


    The JAL gate counter would probably be able to print your boarding pass for you. However, if you're talking about connecting in YVR, you will have to leave the secure area anyway after you clear Canadian immigration. I don't know what you mean with your "layover" question.


    Thank You ZAP Layover I mean if i stay over night at the airport in public area.


    As t staying overnight at YVR: Open http://www.sleepinginairports.net/northamerica/vancouver-airport.htm#.UYPdSEptaiA


    Thank You frmay


    Are you sure you have to leave the secured area after Canadian immigration? What if you do not have any baggage? I heard if you have not baggage you can go straight to the gate. Please see my question above about "Seattle to Shanghai..." My wife is leaving soon!


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