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Runway End Safety Areas at YVR

As an international airport committed to excellence in safety, YVR is proactively building Runway End Safety Areas (RESAs) to meet international recommendations and exceed the anticipated Canadian standard.

RESAs are specialized areas at the end of a runway that protect passengers and reduce the severity of damage to an aircraft in the unlikely event of an overrun or undershoot. 

Preparation work for construction on the South Runway is underway and is currently taking place during the day. 

Nighttime construction of RESAs on the South Runway begins on May 19 as part of our typical summer runway maintenance program. This construction will take place between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. and will continue seven nights a week until June 30, and five nights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) from July 1, to August 31. The North Runway will be used for arrivals and departures during these closures and will also be used for arrivals on non-closure dates during July and August.

It is our goal to work efficiently in order complete the construction in the shortest time frame possible and with minimal impact on the community and our neighbors.  

For more information, visit or contact [email protected].

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