Building on our Exceptional Foundation
We understand that our reputation as a safe, reliable airport requires constant upkeep and open communication.
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES – DURING OUR 100 BUSIEST DAYS
In summer 2015, YVR experienced its 100 busiest days ever, welcoming up to 75,000 passengers on peak days! At the same time we undertook key infrastructure upgrades, which required a tremendous coordinated effort from our airside planning and operations employees, as well as our contractors and partners at NAV CANADA. YVR is grateful for the hard work of our partners and employees, whose tremendous efforts didn’t go unnoticed, and thanks our neighbours for their patience during this busy time.
Runway End Safety Areas
Between May and the end of August 2015, YVR finished the first phase of one of the most challenging airfield improvement projects in recent years: the construction of Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs), which are specialized areas that protect passengers and reduce the severity of damage to an aircraft in the unlikely event of an overrun or undershoot.
Each night, a crew of more than 150 workers descended upon the airfield, working simultaneously at both ends of the South Runway before putting the runway back together for morning flight operations at 6:30am. The crew had to remove and replace over 400 lights, shift all navigational aids and repave the surface—all while an average of 40 dump truck loads of base material per hour were delivered to the runway’s east end in preparation for its RESA completion in summer 2017.
By the end of the summer, YVR crews had successfully completed the RESA at the west end of the South Runway. We will continue construction of RESAs on the South and Crosswind runways during the 2016 and 2017 summer seasons as planned. Public consultation on plans for the North Runway RESAs will begin in 2017.
Taxiway Delta Repairs
At the same time we were working on the RESAs, we identified problems with the pavement on one of YVR’s most important airfield routes. The pavement showed signs of buckling and wear, due to constant use by increasingly larger and heavier aircraft and a very warm summer. Our well-trained team responded quickly, with engineers, airfield coordinators and construction crews all working together throughout the nights to restore the taxiway. Meanwhile, we notified our neighbours, thanking them for their patience while we repaired this vital link.
Between May and August, we undertook our annual apron replacement project, which saw up to 30 workers on site during the busiest days. We replaced 72 concrete panels and associated pavement structures on Taxiway K and two panels on Taxiway J. We also replaced concrete pads at gate 90 and 96.
In addition to RESA construction and taxiway repaving, the YVR Team continued improving airfield lighting in the summer, installing 570 LED Centerline and Touchdown Zone (TDZ) light fixtures on the South Runway. These fixtures complement the 561 TDZ lights we installed on the North Runway in 2014, providing a consistent presentation to pilots on our parallel runways. Through their longlife capabilities, the LED lights will greatly reduce maintenance and save energy.
The safety and security of our employees, customers and communities is paramount to our success. In order to be prepared to respond to possible threats, the Airport Authority continuously works on risk management and security upgrades.
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Enterprise Risk Management System
Our comprehensive and sophisticated Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) system helps safeguard the achievement of strategic and business objectives by identifying and mitigating a broad range of risks including environmental, social, physical and business impact. In 2015, we further developed the ERM system, updating the risk register on a monthly basis to reflect changing issues and threats facing the airport and the organization. We developed a system of action plans to address particular issues and built and reviewed detailed risk scenarios and mitigation plans.
The Airport Authority’s Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a subset of the ERM system, focused on decreasing recovery time from disruptions that affect critical business functions. In 2015, we continued to develop the BCP, identifying areas to improve and build on.
Critical System Upgrade
In 2015, we focused on providing a reliable power supply to key machines and systems to address risks identified through our Enterprise Risk Management system. We installed Uninterruptible Power Supply Units to back-up communication systems, pre-board screening machines, primary inspection line machines and our Automated Passport Control kiosks. We also designed a number of upgrades to be completed in 2016, including waterproofing motor control panels on the baggage system, conducting sprinkler repairs and alterations to electrical and communication rooms, providing additional cooling in communication rooms to prevent over-heating and modifying electrical equipment to maintain safety standards.
In 2015, YVR hosted a large-scale plane crash exercise to test our Emergency Response Plan as federally required every two years. More than 600 volunteers participated in the exercise and 30 agencies worked together to address the emergency scenario—doing everything from responding at the crash site to assessing impacts within the terminal and managing media. The exercise provided valuable training and identified areas for improvement. These areas included developing guidelines and information for front-line airport employees and better mitigating secondary impacts for passengers, friends and family involved in an aircraft crash event.