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Runway Operations


From January 17 to February 2, the South Runway will be closed two nights a week (Tues and Weds) between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. for detailed surveying of one of the main taxiways accessing the South Runway. Regular monthly maintenance will continue to take place on January 25 10 p.m. – 6 a.m.

During these closures the North Runway will be used for all arrivals and departures. This work is weather dependent, please check our website regularly for updates on the surveying work schedule.

We thank you for your ongoing patience as we continue to maintain the highest safety standards.

If you would like more information, please contact the YVR Community Relations at


In 2015, more than 20 million people travelled through YVR – an increase of almost one million passengers. Based on our forecasting and as the demand for air travel continues to grow, we are anticipating even more passengers this year, especially during the busy summer months. Starting May 8, the north runway may be used for departures during the day to help reduce delays when the airport approaches capacity during peak periods.

When the Federal Minister of Transport approved the construction of the north runway in 1992, its operation was subject to several operating commitments. One of these commitments stated that the north runway would be used primarily as an arrival runway until such time as demand approaches capacity.

The Airport Authority has completed extensive studies to define peak times and looks at forecasted aircraft traffic level demand to determine the level of congestion on the airfield. Based on the forecasted demand, strategic use of the north runway for departures may occur between the following hours:

  • 7 AM to 8 PM Monday to Friday; and
  • 7 AM to 7 PM Saturday and Sunday.

During these hours, the community can expect to see some aircraft depart on the north runway. The number of aircraft departing on the north runway will vary each day depending on the traffic level and aircraft mix. During times when the north runway is used for departures there will be no change to the procedures and flight paths of aircraft departing on the south runway.

North runway departures will continue throughout the summer and operations will be reviewed to determine its use through the fall and winter months based on forecasted demand.

If you would like more information, please contact the YVR Noise Management at


In May 2016, the Airport Authority will begin the second-year of a three-year project to construct Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) on the south runway and the crosswind runway. RESAs are specialized areas at the end of a runway designed to protect traveling public and to reduce the severity of damage to an aircraft in the unlikely event of an overrun or undershoot.

The RESA project and the annual runway maintenance program will be carried out from May 8 to September 17, 2016. During this time period, the south runway will be closed six nights a week (Sun-Fri) between 10 PM and 7 AM and the north runway will be used for all arrivals and departures.

While there is no work planned to occur on Saturday nights and statutory holidays, the north runway will be used for landings as the Instrument Landing System on the south runway will be out of service.