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Labour Day weekend travel reminders from YVR

YVR provides weekly forecast and latest travel reminders ahead of the last long weekend of summer.

As British Columbians and visitors prepare for travel over the Labour Day long weekend, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is reminding travellers to be prepared for their journey through the airport.

The airport continues to recommend that passengers arrive early—up to two hours ahead of scheduled domestic flights and three hours ahead for U.S. and international flights.

Passengers are encouraged to check latest airport information on and on the airport’s Twitter feed: @YVRairport and @YVRaeroport, and latest flight information with their airline before travelling to the airport.

YVR continues to work closely with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and its many partners to deliver a safe and seamless experience for passengers. YVR thanks staff across the airport community for their continued support with getting passengers through YVR safely and as efficiently as possible.

More information on travel planning is available here:

Key Airport Statistics

For the week of August 29 – September 05, YVR is expected to welcome an average of 66,000 passengers per day for a total of 461,713 for the week, connecting these travellers to 95 destinations across Canada and the world.

The airport is expecting Monday, August 29 and Sunday, September 04 to be the busiest travel days with 66,858 and 67,221 passengers, respectively. To put this in perspective, YVR welcomed an average of 32,458 passengers daily this time last year (2021) and 73,404 pre-pandemic (2019).

Across any given day, early-to-mid morning will be the heaviest for passenger flow with volume easing late morning and into the afternoon before peaking again in the evening

Daily passenger numbers through the week, including by segment, are outlined below. 

The week ahead at YVR
Travel forecasts for the week of August 29 – September 05, 2022*


Total Passengers


















  • Monday : 66,858

  • Tuesday : 66,371

  • Wednesday : 66,472

  • Thursday : 66,043

  • Friday : 64,764

  • Saturday : 63,984

  • Sunday : 67,221

Peak times by sector for check-in and security screening

  • 6:00am – 12:00pm (Domestic)

  • 11:00am – 3:00pm (International)

  • 6:00am-7:00am & 10:00am-12:00pm (U.S.)

Current travel reminders include:

  • Please arrive at the airport early—two hours ahead of scheduled domestic flights and three hours ahead for U.S. and international flights. Masks remain mandatory in the terminal and onboard your flight.

  • All travellers arriving to Canada from abroad are required to complete ArriveCAN. At YVR, travellers can save time with Customs and Immigration by using the Advance Declaration option in ArriveCAN to electronically submit their declaration information before arriving in Vancouver, reducing processing time spent in the Customs Hall.

  • The Government of Canada has resumed mandatory random testing for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated and are arriving in Canada from an international destination, including the U.S. Travellers who have been selected for testing will receive an email with information to arrange their test as physical testing is no longer conducted at the airport.

  • Coming soon! Travellers heading to the U.S. will have the option to submit their passport and customs declaration information through the secure Mobile Passport Control app in advance of their trip, reducing passport control inspection time and overall wait time.

*Data is estimated and compiled by Vancouver Airport Authority. Passenger and operational data is updated regularly and posted to our Facts & Stats page on


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