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Busy Summer Ahead for YVR's Runways

AerialThink spring cleaning your closet is tough? Imagine how much work goes into maintenance, upgrades and cleaning of YVR’s runways and taxiways to ensure the safety and security of the airport. 

Maintenance work performed on a regular basis is a part of our comprehensive multi-year program that ensures the airfield and its systems meets strict standards. Each summer, we close our 24-hour south runway at night in order to perform the necessary repairs and upgrades that cannot be done during the day due to the high level of aircraft activity.

This year, the south runway will be closed nightly between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. from July 7 to August 30 to allow work crews to complete many updates including rubber removal, pavement line marking, stormwater drainage system improvements, lighting maintenance and taxiway shoulder construction.   During this time, the north runway, which is normally closed between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., will be used for departures and arrivals. Once work is complete, normal operations will resume.

Because the summer is one of the busiest times for passenger travel at YVR, we will also use the north runway for limited take-offs during the day to reduce delays beginning June 1.   These takeoffs may occur anytime between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.,  but will primarily occur between 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Limited use of the north runway for takeoffs will help reduce delays and congestion, which will also decrease unnecessary air emissions and fuel burn that happens when planes idle in queues waiting to take-off.

More information about the summer runway maintenance program and north runway take-offs for delay reduction can be found in the Latest Information section of yvr.ca.

 

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7 Comments

  • Robert wrote on Jun 11 2013 AT 1:45 PM

    Another summer of reduced sleep. Two months of being woken up every time a plane takes off at night from the north runway. Even though I close the windows in the hot weather. And worse, takeoffs from the north runway almost 24 hours every day.
    Before the north runway was built YVR could do maintenance on the south runway.
    And "reducing delays and congestion" really means pleasing the aircraft carriers. YVR could make the planes wait before taxiing to the runway, but that would mean posting a late departure notice, bad for business. The people in south Vancouver don't count here because YVR can do anything it wants with no oversight.
  • Sam wrote on Jun 19 2013 AT 11:40 AM

    Right, before the north runway was built, YVR could do maintenance.  Before the north runway was built, YVR also had a fraction of the passenger traffic running through it.  Nothing more than NIMBY-ism, just like the people who live downtown near Granville who complain about noise from nightclub patrons.  Noise is a part of city life.
  • Robert wrote on Jul 12 2013 AT 7:43 PM

    The city of Vancouver enacted noise bylaws because the people wanted them. YVR is exempt from city bylaws by federal law. So much for democracy.

    From this article http://nyti.ms/15p0Bfw
    "Beyond harming hearing, chronic exposure to noise increases the risk of
    cardiovascular disease. Children in classrooms buffeted by outside noise
    lag behind, and their teachers report lower job satisfaction. Pervasive
    background noise may damage the hearing center of babies’ developing
    brains, research has found, possibly leading to auditory and
    language-related development delays. And though people may assume they
    have grown accustomed to noise, a constant din, even at low frequencies,
    often takes a heavy physiological toll. Noise can cause stress even
    when a person is sleeping.
    "“There’s definite clearly defined cardiovascular impacts such as
    hypertension,” said Robyn Gershon, a professor in epidemiology and
    biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco,
    who has heavily researched urban noise, with a focus on New York City.
    “Also learning impairment in children, impacts on attention, memory, and
    worker productivity.” Sleep disturbances are also linked to excessive
    noise, with higher production of stress hormones, which, she noted, can
    adversely affect the immune system. "
  • William wrote on Jul 20 2013 AT 12:39 PM

    Guess they couldnt burn a few more bucks of fuel for the people sleeping below and take off over Georgia Straight, eh?
  • lisa wrote on Aug 24 2013 AT 11:16 AM

    THANKS FOR MAKING ALL OF THE RESIDENTS HOMES COMPLETELY UNLIVABLE FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER.
  • lisa wrote on Aug 24 2013 AT 11:18 AM

    I CANNOT TALK ON THE PHONE WATCH TV ENJOY ANY ACTIVITY AT HOME.  AND FORGET ABOUT SLEEPING.  THIS IS DISGUSTING.  I AM OUTRAGED THAT THERE ARE NO NOISE BY-LAWS TO PROTECT RESIDENTS FROM THIS CONSTANT UNLIVABLE CONDITIONS FOR THE ENTIRE SUMMER. 
  • Botswana wrote on May 26 2014 AT 10:42 PM

    If everyone is complaining about airport noise, why would you live there in the first place?

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