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2024 South Airfield Maintenance and Construction Projects

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Page last updated: May 7, 2024

Over the coming months, YVR will be conducting a series of construction and maintenance projects to continually improve and modernize our south airfield. Travellers and nearby communities may notice temporary changes to runway use at YVR as a result. This work is required to ensure we maintain a high level of aviation safety for the passengers and aircraft. It also prepares us for further upcoming work on other parts of the airfield.

YVR is working to plan and schedule the projects in way to minimize the effects of this work and appreciate everyone’s patience as it completes these projects safely and as quickly as possible.


Routine and preventative maintenance activities on the south runway will continue through the Spring on Saturday nights for the month of April. From May to October, the work will be conducted on Monday and Wednesday nights.

Construction projects are anticipated to require additional closures, potentially up to 6 nights a week for various periods between the months of April and October. During these work periods, the south runway will be closed, and all take-offs and landings will be diverted to the north runway to allow safe access to the work areas. Up-to-date information about our south runway maintenance and construction schedule is here: South Runway Maintenance Schedule | YVR.

As a result of the nighttime closures of the south runway, some communities may notice increased aircraft activity over their community. YVR is carefully coordinating this work to minimize the overall project duration and effects of the temporary changes on the community as much as possible. However, the exact duration and timing of this work and when the north runway needs to be used is dependent on several factors, including the type and complexity of work to be completed and weather conditions. Further updates on the south runway closure schedules associated with the construction projects will be posted once the work details are finalized.

We want to assure our community members that we endeavour to work as quickly and as safely as we can so that we can return to our normal operating procedures.

If you have any questions about the south airfield maintenance and construction projects, please contact [email protected].

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