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Runway End Safety Areas

Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) are specialized areas at the end of a runway that protect passengers and reduce the severity of damage to an aircraft in the unlikely event of an overrun or undershoot.

We are committed to excellence in safety. This is why YVR is proactively building Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs).

RESAs are specialized areas at the end of a runway that protect passengers and reduce the severity of damage to an aircraft in the unlikely event of an overrun or undershoot.

A RESA increases the level of safety to the travelling public. It offers an area that allows ease of access for emergency-response vehicles by providing an area that is free of obstacles and can support the weight of an aircraft without major structural damage.

Runway End Safety Areas - Phasing Schedule

Construction of RESAs on the south and crosswind runways began in the summer of 2015 and will continue during the 2016 and 2017 summer season. Planning for RESAs on the North Runway will begin in 2017. More information will be shared with the community and stakeholders during 2017.

Find out more about what RESAs are in the RESA Discussion Guide.