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Change is in the Air at YVR: January Construction Update

There are several key projects currently taking place that will enhance the airport experience. This is all possible due to our unique operating structure. The multi-year expansion project currently underway will help YVR meet growing passenger demand and better connect British Columbians and local businesses to the world, while improving the airport experience for everyone.


  • Construction continues near Transborder check-in to make several enhancements to the area. Work includes replacing the check-in kiosks with the newest model, movement of an HVAC unit, relocating the information counter and some other minor updates.
  • Work has begun on an upgrade project to the ceiling pre-security, near the A/B screening point. As part of the construction, there will be scaffolding in the area.
  • In December, a new holdroom opened in our Transborder terminal for remote stand operations (RSO). The holdroom includes four new bus positions and gate counters. Work is still underway on this project and once complete, it will connect passengers from Level 3 to the Level 2 RSO facility. This work includes the addition of new elevators and escalators.
  • As construction continues on a number of YVR’s new food and beverage and retail options, passengers can expect to see various hoarding around the terminal.    
  • As part of the International Pier D expansion project, various work is taking place. While much of the work is taking place airside, passengers can expect to see hoarding near the end of Pier D. This may include noisy work. Given that there are 24-hour operations in this part of the terminal, YVR understands that this could potentially be disruptive for those with flights at nearby gates. If you are looking for somewhere quiet, you can find seating in the creek area, near the food court.     

In and Around Sea Island

Safety is a top priority at YVR. With a large number of ongoing projects, customers are reminded to follow all signage, traffic delineators and flaggers in the construction areas.  

  • Construction continues on YVR’s new Parkade and Central Utilities Building. This includes work around the old Value Lot off of Grant McConachie Way, as well as within the existing Parkade.
    • There are various traffic control measures in place for cars arriving and departing from the terminal near this site. In the existing Parkade, customers will notice fencing, temporary pedestrian walkways and some stalls blocked. This work is for a number of upgrade projects including building new entry ramps as well as the installation of an automated parking guidance system.
    • As part of utilities work to connect the new GeoExchange system to the terminal, there is a lane closed off directly outside the old Value Lot on Grant McConachie Way. Two lanes are maintained throughout for inbound traffic.
    • As part of this project, we will also be installing district energy piping which requires a full curbside closure of Level 1 for a six-month period scheduled to start on January 14, 2020. We are making every effort to reduce the impact of construction on tenants and passengers. Pedestrians will still be able to access the Parkade from the Domestic Terminal Building Level 1 through designated walking routes.    
  • There are also a number of related projects near the site including:  
    • A new crosswalk is now open outside of International Arrivals on Level 2. Pedestrians are asked to follow all directional signage in the area. The existing crosswalk will be temporarily closed.
    • Work is taking place outside International Arrivals in Chester Johnson Park. In order to facilitate the work, a section of the park is closed.  
  • YVR is planning to redevelop approximately 44 acres of land on airport property in the Templeton area, adjacent to the Burkeville residential neighbourhood. The redevelopment will include a cargo and logistics facility and a linear greenspace for community use. Site preparation work is now underway to prepare the project site for redevelopment. 
  • Little Wings Daycare is relocating from their existing site to the south west corner of Miller Road and Templeton, adjacent to Sea Island Elementary and Park and Fly. This move is necessary due to their current lease ending. To prepare the area for this relocation, work includes preparation of a ditch crossing, as well as earthworks on the project site and installation of site services and utilities.  

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