Vancouver Airport

Flying through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Easy and Comfortable

Located on the Sea Island at Richmond, Colombia, the Vancouver International Airport is about 12 km away from Downtown Vancouver. The airport was recorded to be the second busiest airport by aircraft movements in Canada. Aircraft movements were roughly recorded to be around 310139 while passenger’s movements were recorded to be around 19.3 million in the year 2014. The only airport which is ahead of Vancouver international airport in terms of being busy is the Toronto Pearson International airport. The airport operates flights daily to various destinations. It serves to Asia, Europe, Oceania, the United States, Mexico and many other airports within Canada. The airport is the main hub for Air Canada along with being a focus city for WestJet. The airport is also an operations base for Air Transat .

Vancouver international Airport is one of the very few major international airports which have a terminal for float planes. The airport also happens to be one of the eight airports in Canada that have facilities for preclearance in the US border. The Vancouver airport is owned by transport Canada. It is under the management of Vancouver Airport authorities. These authorities also manage other airports all around the world through their Vancouver airport services subsidiaries.


When Charles Lindbergh refused to include Vancouver in his tour of North America due to a lack of proper airport facility back in the year 1927, the need of having an airport in Vancouver was felt immensely. The city then purchased land on sea two years later for aviation purposes. The main terminal which also currently exists was finished in 1968 while the north runway was completed in the year 1996. The airport happens to have more trans-pacific flights than any other airport in the country.


Vancouver airport is the second busiest airport in Canada and has a very large number of airlines operating through it. Airlines operating through Vancouver airport to various parts of the world include Air Canada, Air Canada express, Air China, Air France, Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Easter Airlines, Condor, Delta Air, EVA Air, Delta Connection, Harbor air, Korean Air, Orca Airways, KLM, Qantas, Philippine Airlines, West Coast Air, West Jet and many others as well.


Vancouver airport has won several awards for its quality of services and consistency. The awards it has been given include:

·         Award for being the best international airport by Skytrax in 2007

·         Award for being the best international airport by Skytrax in 2010 to 2015

·         Airport also made the list of top 10 airports of the world in 2012.

·         It was the only North American Airport in to make the list of top 10.

·         It retains the distinction for being the best Canadian Airport in the region.

Routes and Destinations

Vancouver airport operates at several destinations all over the world. Some of the destinations it flies to include Beijing, Sydney, Toronto, Hong Kong, Mexico, Portland, Shanghai, Seoul, Montreal, Auckland, Paris, Los Angeles, Guangzhou, New York, Tokyo, Zurich, Amsterdam, Mania, Denver, San Francisco, Washington and many others.

How to Check-In

Different airlines that are operating through Vancouver airport have different rules and regulations of checking in. Airlines have different ways of offering check-in to customers. Most airlines now use online check-in system which has made the process of boarding and check-in faster as passengers don’t have to stand in long queues at check-in counters of airlines at the airport. There are still however check-in counters for the airlines at the airport. Vancouver airport has counters for customer service which can be found by the passengers easily. These are at the departure levels of both international flights and domestic flights terminals. Passengers can reach to these customer support centers for help and assistance for checking in. The airport also has volunteers in green coats that are there for help for anyone who needs assistance. Passengers can take information for checking in through the website of the airport or airline. If they still need assistance for check-in they can reach to these customer support counters at the airport.


Different airlines have different baggage allowances. Baggage may be checked in at the counter of the specific airline. Airport staff of Vancouver airport is highly trained and professional and customers don’t have to worry about their luggage getting stolen or damaged. People who need an extra hand in case of heavy baggage can reach the volunteers at the airport for help.


Passengers are advised to take confirmation about their seating plan from the airport before departure as it’s more convenient and saves time.


Booking for flights through Vancouver international airport can be done through the airport offices or the website of the airlines. Airport’s helpline is always available for customer’s help.


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 Airport Contact Details

Vancouver International Airport

PO Box 23750,
Airport Postal Outlet,
V7B 1Y7,

Tel:+1 (1)604 2077077
Fax:+1 (1)604 2766099


Vancouver International Airport Authority

 Location Details

Longitude:123° 11' 7'' W
Latitude:49° 11' 13'' N

 Airport Location

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