South Runway Maintenance Schedule

Vancouver Airport Authority has the responsibility to ensure all runways are optimally maintained to provide for the safe operation of aircraft.

The runways at YVR require regular, ongoing maintenance to keep them in top working condition for the safe operation of aircraft.  While regular maintenance is carried out on a daily basis, more comprehensive repairs and projects must be carried out each year that necessitates the closure of the south runway, which is normally used on a 24-hour basis.  

Summer is the busiest time at YVR for the travelling public and aircraft operations, but it is also during these months that the weather is best suited for paving and electrical projects. The work is completed during the night over short, intensive period of time to minimize disturbance to airport neighbours.

The summer runway repair schedule below provides a forecast of south runway closures at YVR for maintenance activities. The schedule is provided to help the community know when to expect changes to normal runway operations. Work will be performed at night and the north runway will be used for landings and take-offs during this period. Exact dates and hours of work will be posted each year as project details and work schedules are confirmed.

This schedule is reviewed annually and updated as needed. Please check this site often for the latest updates.

2015: 8-week closure or up to 16-weeks if RESA proceeds

2016: 3-week closure or up to 16-weeks if RESA proceeds

2017: 3-week closure or up to 16 weeks if RESA proceeds

2018: 3-week closure or up to 8 weeks for annual maintenance

2019: 3-week closure or up to 8 weeks for annual maintenance 

RESA (Runway End Safety Area) is a pending requirement from Transport Canada that would require additional area at the end of the runway to enhance safety, primarily during landings. Annual maintenance include such critical work as runway line painting, runway rubber removal and runway lighting maintenance.

For more information about work each year and times of south runway closures, please see the advisories posted in the Latest Information section of our website.

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