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Get onboard! Help shape the future of YVR

From fantastical travel-assistant robots and vertical farms to the realities of increased air service and road traffic, YVR is seeking public input to shape its Master Plan

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) launched Phase 2 of YVR 2037, a Master Plan consultation process that offers the community an opportunity to provide input on future land use decision-making and facility development at the airport. The YVR 2037 Master Plan serves as the blueprint to building a world-class sustainable airport that reflects the needs of British Columbians.

“Effective long-term planning has continued to be one of YVR’s strengths and is essential to our future and to the development of B.C.’s economy and our surrounding communities,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “During Phase 1 of our community engagement we had great conversations with British Columbians and our business partners; all of which informed our plans for Phase 2 of consultation. Today, we need your input and thoughts on the exciting future of YVR – your creative ideas could show up in the next few years as part of our upcoming terminal expansion.”

As Canada’s second busiest airport, YVR welcomed a record 20.3 million passengers in 2015, employed more than 23,000 people, generated $5.3 billion in total Gross Domestic Product and drove $11.7 billion to the Canadian economy.

The community is invited to share input online or in person at YVR’s public meetings. Feedback on all aspects of YVR’s future plans are welcome; specific areas of Phase 2 consultation focus include terminals, airside and airspace, ground access, environment, land use and amenities.

YVR partnered with futurist Nikolas Badminton to introduce elements of fantastical reality to YVR 2037, drawing on a shared fascination and excitement for the future. Badminton developed five ‘design fiction’ stories about the possibilities of transportation, air travel and technology at YVR in 2037 based on technological advances being made today. Scenarios include in-airport vertical farms that deliver fresh vegetables daily, holographic customer service representatives, automatic car ports, augmented reality contact lenses that reveal airport maps and on-the-fly instructions, biometrics and even access to space travel.

“From robots to augmented reality, YVR’s future has the potential to be bright and exciting: a multifaceted sensory experience, a business hub, a hive of activity and interaction, and a unique, second-to-none retail experience,” said futurist Nikolas Badminton. “I want to help British Columbians rethink the future and push the boundaries of what’s possible during the YVR 2037 process.”

YVR will host two public workshops (pre-registration required) and one open house (drop-ins welcome). Registration is available online at, by email [email protected] or by calling 604.637.6459. Get onboard today and shape the future of YVR as a world-class sustainable airport by sharing your input. Learn more at



  • Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Vancouver International Airport
  • Saturday, September 17, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Vancouver International Airport

Open House: 

  • Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Vancouver International Airport, Domestic Terminal Building, Public Observation Area

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Drawing on a shared fascination and excitement for the future, YVR engaged the mind of world-respected, futurist speaker, Nikolas Badminton. Based in Vancouver, Badminton is a regular on the BBC, CBC and Global News, and writes for a number of publications including the Huffington Post, Forbes and

He took what YVR heard from the first phase of the Master Plan consultation process and developed a series of compelling, thought-provoking ‘design fiction’ stories. In them, he uses fictional and narrative scenarios to offer a glimpse into the future of YVR. Though non-predictive these stories advance an informed and analytical review of today’s technologies and how they might be employed in the airport of tomorrow.

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