Vancouver International Airport Overview
Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR, ICAO: CYVR) is a major international airport located in Sea Island in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, about 12 km (7.5 mi) from Downtown Vancouver. It is the second busiest international air passenger gateway in Canada, handling 22,288,926 passengers in 2016. Over 62 airlines operate out of the airport.
Vancouver airport features has two operating passenger terminals (Main Terminal and South Terminal) and is a hub for Air Canada and WestJet. It is also an operating base for Air Transat.
Vancouver Airport is owned by Transport Canada and is managed by Vancouver Airport Authority
(YVR) Vancouver Airport Terminal Map
Vancouver International Airport has two terminals: the Main Terminal and the South Terminal. Free Wi-Fi is available in all sections of the airport.
The Main Terminal is divided in two sections: the Domestic Terminal and the International Terminal. The majority of flights operate at the Main Terminal. The two sections are connected both pre-security and post-security; however, the US border preclearance area is separated off using movable glass partitions which can be adjusted based on the arrangement of swing gates between concourses D and E.
Domestic TerminalThe Domestic Terminal was constructed in 1968 by the Vancouver-based firm Thompson, Berwick and Pratt and recently given a top-to-bottom renovation by Vancouver architect Kasian Kennedy. The Domestic terminal consists of three concourses (A-C).
Concourse A consists of six gates: A6 through A10 and A12. These gates are used by WestJet Encore. A new permanent ground-loading concourse is planned to start construction in 2016.
Concourse B comprises gates B13 through B23 and B26 through B28, for a total of 14 gates. Gates B14 to B17 have provisions allowing international arrivals in the future. Gate B23 is a ground loading ramp accessing stands 23A, 23B, and 23C. Concourse B is the hub for domestic flights for WestJet, and additionally serves domestic flights by Air North, Air Transat, Central Mountain Air, and Sunwing Airlines.
There are 24 gates in Concourse C: C29 through C52. This is the hub for Air Canada and Air Canada Express domestic flights. C50, C51 and C52 are also frequently used by WestJet as they are swing gates and can be used for international arrivals and departures (designated as D50 to D52). In addition, C48 and C49 can receive international/US arrivals.
International TerminalThe International Terminal was designed by Vancouver-based Architectura, now Stantec, with Kansas City-based HNTB Corporation (1994–96). YVR is one of eight Canadian airports with United States border preclearance facilities, which are situated in the International Terminal. All gates in the International Terminal can accept flights arriving from all international and US origins: passengers are directed onto overhead walkways which lead to the customs and immigration area.
Concourse D is used by all international-bound and select US-bound flights from Vancouver. There are 15 gates: D50 to D55, D58, D59, D64 to D67, D70, D71, and D73. D59 is a bus gate for remote stands. All gates can handle wide-body aircraft; seven gates are fitted with 2 jet bridges, two of which can handle the Airbus A380. British Airways operates the A380 seasonally to Vancouver.
D50 to D52 are swing gates that can be used by domestic flights (designated C50 to C52). D67 through D73 are swing gates which may be partitioned off to allow for a higher number of US preclearance flights (designated E67 through E73).
Concourse E is the US border preclearance area and consists of 21 gates: E75 to E88 and E90 to E96. Gates E75 to E78 can accommodate smaller wide-body aircraft and are swing gates which can be used for international departures (as gates D75 to D78). Gate E85 is a bus gate for remote stands. Gate E95 accesses stands 95A and 95B.
The majority of US-bound flights operate from Concourse E; the only exceptions are flights from an international origin (Cathay Pacific's Hong Kong—Vancouver—New York and Philippine Airlines' Manila—Vancouver—New York flights), or flights that depart after 8:30 p.m. (e.g. Delta Air Lines' Vancouver—New York flight).
The South Terminal is a portion of the original pre-1968 terminal which is still in use. This includes the floatplane terminal. It also houses the corporate headquarters and main base of Pacific Coastal Airlines and Harbour Air.
The South Terminal serves regional airlines which fly mostly within British Columbia, in addition to helicopters and chartered flights.
Vancouver Vancouver Airport Terminal A, B, C
Vancouver Airport Terminal D, E
Vancouver General Informations
YVR Airport Contact
3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Latitude / Longitude:49º11'41" N / 123º11'02"W
Time Zone:-8:00 hours from UTC/GMT
Current Time / Date:Wednesday 3rd of May 2023 09:48:40 AM
TTY (TTD): 604-207-7070
Airport Code:IATA code: YVR
ICAO code: CYVR
Airport ShuttlesThe Vancouver Airport shuttle is a cheap and convenient way to travel to and from Vancouver Airport. Here are phone numbers and links for Vancouver Airport shuttle services.
Public TransportationThe Vancouver Airport shuttle is a cheap and convenient way to travel to and from Vancouver Airport. Here are phone numbers and links for Vancouver Airport shuttle services.
- False Creek Ferries : False Creek Ferries operates 10 ferries and 7 routes in False Creek.
- SkyTrain (Metro): The SkyTrain consists of three main lines connecting Vancouver and its neighboring cities. The Expo and Millennium Lines links downtown Vancouver with Burnaby, New Westminster and Surrey. The Canada Line connects downtown Vancouver to YVR Airport and Richmond.
- TransLink System: The TransLink System provides a network of buses, trolleys and shuttles link around Downtown Vancouver. NightBus routes names begin with "N".
TaxiLocated in the Domestic Terminal, Level 2 outside and International Terminal, outside Greeting Area.
MetroLocated in the Domestic Terminal, Level 3 in the Link Building (between International/Domestic Terminals) and the International Terminal, outside Greeting Area. Take Canada Line to Vancouver City Center.
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Terminal Tram : The LINK train operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trains arrive every 4 - 8 minutes.
ADA Information : The Vancouver International Airport has curbside ramps and designated parking in front of all terminals. Wheelchairs are available from Customer Service Counters (for rentals after hours, call (604) 207-7077).
Nurseries : The nursery is equipped with cribs, play pens and a changing area.
Kid Play Areas : Kids areas are located in both terminals for children to stretch their legs. Please supervise your children at all times.
Pet Care : There is no pet relief area information available for this airport.