South Runway Maintenance Schedule

YVR runways require regular, ongoing maintenance. Because of its heavy use, the South Runway requires more repairs and closure time.

Runway End Safety Areas Project and South Runway Maintenance

In May 2016, the Airport Authority began 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 the 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.  

2016 Monthly Maintenance 

Continuing our runway maintenance requirements, the Airport Authority will be closing the south runway (Runway 08R-26L) on selected nights each month in support of critical maintenance works on the runway and on runway supporting systems. This work is in addition to the regular annual south runway closure during the summer. Monthly dates scheduled for closures are as follows:

  • January 12
  • February 17
  • March 8 
  • April 13, 14
  • October 18, 19, 20
  • November 7
  • December 13

This work will require the closure to occur between the hours of 10:00pm and 6:00am. During these hours, landings and take-offs will be moved to the north runway to allow maintenance crews to access the work areas. The Airport Authority acknowledges that some communities may be disturbed by the changes to runway usage during the closures; however, this work is necessary to maintain a high standard of safety for the travelling public. If you would like more information, please contact YVR Noise Management at

South Runway Repair Schedule

Work is performed at night and the North Runway is used for landings and take-offs during repairs. Repair dates and hours are posted as details and schedules are confirmed. The schedule is reviewed annually and updated as needed. Check back often for the latest updates.

  • 2016: May 08 - September 17 for annual maintenance and RESA project
  • 2017: 16-week closure for annual maintenance and RESA project
  • 2018: 3-week closure or up to 8 weeks for annual maintenance
  • 2019: 3-week closure or up to 8 weeks for annual maintenance
  • 2020: 3-week closure or up to 8 weeks for annual maintenance

For more information about annual projects and south runway closure times, see the advisories posted in the Update section.