Musqueam Territory / Richmond, B.C. (June 26, 2023): As British Columbians and visitors prepare for travel this summer, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has introduced new measures and digital tools to help travellers navigate the airport more easily and enjoy their experience at YVR during a very busy period.
From July through September, YVR expects to welcome nearly seven million passengers. This is a notable increase from the same period in 2022, when YVR saw just over six million passengers. The busiest days for travel are anticipated to be Sundays in August. Top destinations from YVR include Toronto, Calgary, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Delhi, London, and Hong Kong.
YVR has designed innovative technologies to help travellers move through the airport with ease. This includes an online journey mapping platform that outlines step-by-step guides to navigate the airport. It also includes providing timely reports on YVR’s operational performance, with the latest data on baggage delivery, on-time performance, and security screening wait times posted to its website. YVR EXPRESS, Mobile Passport Control, and ArriveCAN continue to be available for travellers to further streamline their trip and save time throughout the travel process.
To supplement these digital solutions, YVR has increased staff across the operation and in terminal to meet peak demand and ensure travellers of all abilities are supported throughout their journey. YVR has also resumed its Less Airport Stress Initiative (LASI), a program that brings ambassador dogs from St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dog Program into the terminal to provide a support service for anyone to manage anxiety associated with travel, work, and general stress.
Travellers through YVR can look forward to new culinary offerings. YVR is committed to providing dining options that elevate the travel experience, having just welcomed Purebread Bakery and a number of other popular local concepts, including Salmon N’ Bannock On The Fly, Dirty Apron and Pacific Farms Market.
As the busy summer travel season begins and ahead of the first long weekend of summer, YVR continues to remind travellers to plan ahead, arrive early, and leverage the digital tools that are available.
Travellers are encouraged to visit YVR.ca/TravelPlanning for more tips and information to help them prepare for their next trip through YVR.