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Change is in the Air at YVR: October 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 is underway in Air Canada’s Domestic Terminal check-in area for the installation of new self-service bag drops. Hoarding has been added around the work area and is expected to be complete in December.
  • There may be intermittent noise at the Transborder area during daytime hours. This work is being done to improve our processes for transfer passengers.   
  • 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.
  • Construction for a new entrance to gate E85 is underway. Once complete in March 2020, it will connect passengers from Level 3 to the Level 2 remote stand operations (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 this month including the installation of hoarding near the end of the pier. While much of the work is taking place airside, this may include noisy work. Given that there are 24-hour operations in this part of the terminal, we understand 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.  
  • New exit doors are being installed in the Domestic Terminal post-security, near A-B gates. Hoarding will be in place and work is anticipated to be complete by December.   

In and Around Sea Island

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

  • In October, work is beginning on an upgrade project to the Arthur Laing Bridge. This work will take place between Monday and Friday from 9 pm to 5 am and is expected to be complete by December. Lane closures are required in order to facilitate this work. Closures will be limited to the area of work and one lane will remain open at all times. For work impacting bike lanes, cyclists will be required to share the road with vehicular traffic.
  • 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 are nightly lane closures directly outside the old Value Lot on Grant McConachie Way. This work will be ongoing until December and will take place between 9:30 pm and 7 am. One lane will be maintained throughout for inbound traffic.
  • 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 until the end of the year.
    • Work is taking place outside International Arrivals in Chester Johnson Park. In order to facilitate the work, a section of the park is closed.  
    • A period of significant excavation from the project site continues. In line with YVR’s commitment to sustainability and construction waste diversion, the valuable earthworks materials will be transported to an unused parcel of land south of the BCIT campus on Russ Baker Way. While there are no current plans to develop this site, this is an opportunity to re-use and recycle valuable materials to prepare the land for potential future development.  
  • 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. As part of this work, crews are demolishing and removing the decommissioned Templeton building. The demolition and associated clean up is expected to be complete by mid-October 2019.
  • 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.   


  • A section of McDonald Road is closed for construction traffic only. This work is part of the project to extend the east apron for Remote Stand Operations. Please follow all directional signage to the new McDonald Road, located east of North Service Place.  

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