Think 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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