Victoria (YYJ) Airport
Victoria YYJ Airport Overview
YYJ Airport is located on the Saanich Peninsula, off Hwy 17 and 25 km north of Victoria, on the most southern tip of beautiful Vancouver Island, and bordering to its south and east on Washington State, USA. The drive to/from the airport takes you past the resort town of Sidney-by-the-Sea, the countryside of North Saanich, and Districts of Central Saanich and Saanich. A new bike & walking rail surrounds Airport premises.
With 3 runways and and yearly about 1.6 million passengers, Victoria International is served by a number of national & U.S. airlines, and seasonal charters, offering direct and connecting flights to all points of the globe.
1.Passengers heading to the U.S.: Currently, the Airport has no U.S. pre-clearance facility; therefore, passengers will clear both US Customs & Immigration on arrival at their U.S. destination.
2. Passengers are urged to arrive at check-in 90 minutes prior to scheduled departure, and to proceed through security screening thereafter as soon as possible.
The three-level passenger terminal at Victoria International, recognized by its glass-enclosed round center, with Arrivals to the left and Departures to the right, was extensively renovated and is open 3:30am to 1:30am. Further renovations have started in late 2012 (see below) and will enhance the passenger experience at the Airport.
The Lower Passenger Departure Lounge on the first level leads to the second level's Upper Passenger Departure Lounge and airline gates. The third level houses the Observation Lounge & a historic exhibit.
Passenger amenities and services include: Free wireless internet access throughout'. Common-use check-in kiosks for self-service; The 'Red Coat Information Desk', staffed by volunteer Airport Ambasadors; food & drink and retail concessions, duty-free shop, ATM machines, a parent's room, ICE currency exchange (250-656-1266), Lost & Found (250-953-7511), a bicycle assembly station, complete with tools and boxes and 4 storage lockers; and free luggage carts. A children's play area is in the upper departure lounge, where you also find business workstations and vending machines. Rental car counters are in the Arrivals level (Avis, Budge, Hertz & National) and off-airport Enterprise (250-655-7368) willl provide pickup shuttle. There is even a bike & walking trail.
Parking options at Victoria International Airport:
1. Across from the passenger terminal is the short-term carpark (max. 2 hrs) - pay on entry;
2. Behind the short-term carpark is the daily/ long-term carpark - pay on exit at cash or credit card lanes.
3. An overflow carpark is situated east of the terminal.
4. The rental car return carpark is west of the terminal.
For more parking information call the airport parking booth at 250-656-9666.
Geting from Victoria International Airport to your destination: 1. A new authorized shuttle service (Wilson's Transporation Ltd tel. 250-475-3235) is serving downtown Victoria hotels. 2. BC Transit (250-382-6161) offers now on its new 88 Sidney/Airport Bus frequent daily services between Sidney and West Sidney to the McTavish Transit Exchange and the Airport. 3. Greyhound serves Vancouver Island (tel. 250-388-5248).
Current and future Airport developments: Late 2012 construction started onpassenger termina lrenovations - to be completed by 2014: Once all upgrades are made, the terminal will have an expansion of the pre-board security screening area into the present retail space, a new food area to the west of the lower passenger departure lounge, a new retail store on the east side, centrally located elevator /stair /escalator at terminal's southeast corner, and new furniture in the upper passenger departure lounge.