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Transit & Airport Services

Vancouver International Airport

In 2016,  Vancouver International Airport (YVR) was voted the top airport in North America in the Skytrax Awards, which are based on an independent survey of 13 million passengers from 108 countries. YVR is the only airport to have ever received this honour for seven consecutive years. Also in 2016 YVR has been named the world's best airport by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

CAPA gives the award of excellence to the airport that is considered the biggest standout strategically and the one that has advanced the progress of aviation internationally. CAPA has recognized the airport for its "unique governance structure with a community-based, not-for-profit airport authority that reinvests all profits back into airport operations and development." 

Airport InteriorThe Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located on Richmond's Sea Island.  About 25 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, and  15 minutes from Richmond City Centre.

Transit Services
The Canada Line rapid transit system delivers and picks up passengers directly from inside the Airport. This is in addition to taxis, limos, shuttles and tour busses that also bring people to and from the Airport.

Business Advantage
The Airport is home to more than 400 businesses including over 190 shops and services including a luxury designer outlet centre.  The Airport directly employs 24,000 people. In addition, it is a gateway to international trade and commerce. Many of Richmond's top employers have chosen to locate in Richmond because of it's proximity to the Airport.

Traffic Volumes
Canada’s second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport welcomed 20.3 million travelers moving through YVR in 2015, facilitated  278,000 aircraft take-offs and landings and handled over 271,500 tonnes of cargo.

Since 1992, when the Airport Authority assumed responsibility for the airport, passenger traffic has increased more than 105% from 9.9 million passengers, and cargo has increased over 88% from 144,000 tonnes. Source: 

Visitor Experience
Consistently, users rate YVR as one of the top 10 Airports in the world. YVR strives to make the Airport universally accessible and an exciting destination for both travellers and the local community.

In addition to the many shops, food courts and services, one of the highlights of a visit to this airport is  an opportunity to see aquarium marine exhibits and numerous public art exhibits featuring the "The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe", the now famous bronze sculpture, by world renowned artist Bill Reid,  located at the entrance of the International Terminal. 

Visitors can seek assistance from any of the 500 volunteers in green coats who provide directions and information in 28 languages.

For more information visit the official website for the Vancouver International Airport, and for local residents who have airport related concerns please call 604-207-7097 for noise management information see Airport Noise & the Community

Airport Fuel Delivery System
The Vancouver Airport Fuels Facilities Corporation is building a new fuel delivery system in Richmond for the  Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The system includes a Marine Terminal and Fuel Receiving Facility on the South Arm of the Fraser River and a 13-kilometre underground pipeline from the facility to YVR.
See Proposed Airport Fuel Delivery System for information on public consultation related to this project.