YVR has your 2022-2023 winter travel tips

YVR begins preparations for each winter season in late summer by reviewing and revising plans, preparing specialized equipment, ordering supplies and briefing staff and contractors. These preparations culminate in full training exercises on the airport’s runways and taxiways.

Snow removal training team briefing at YVRSnow removal training on the runway at YVR.

Throughout the winter, our teams monitor the weather closely and have direct 24/7 access to meteorologists who focus specifically on weather and snow forecasting for the airport. During a major snowstorm, YVR will use up to 80 pieces of snow removal equipment to keep runways, taxiways and aprons safe for aircraft and passengers. YVR’s snow response fleet can clear the equivalent of Granville Street, full width and full length, from the Fraser River to Burrard Inlet, in less than 15 minutes.

We’ve compiled our top tips to help passengers get on their way through YVR as quickly and as safely as possible this winter.

  • Check the status of your flight on your airline’s website or the flight information on yvr.ca before coming to YVR. Please note that winter weather in B.C. or other parts of the country can impact flights.

  • Online check-in is available for most airlines.

  • Consider taking the Canada Line to YVR, delivering you to the terminal door in 30 minutes or less.

  • Driving to YVR? Have a parking plan by pre-booking parking as close as four hours in advance at yvr.ca/parking.

  • Allow ample time to check in, clear security and board your flight.

And as always, if you’re in the terminal and need any additional assistance, our Green Coat volunteers and Guest Experience team on the floor is happy to assist you. You can also call us directly at 604-207-7022 or send us a message on Twitter @yvrairport.

Thank you for your patience as we work to get you on your way as safely and quickly as possible.