Vancouver International Airport: A Record-Breaking Summer Season

A crowd of passengers at Vancouver International Airport
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Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has released passenger numbers for the summer season, confirming a busy travel period marked by several achievements and events.

Return to Pre-pandemic Levels


YVR’s summer season from July through September saw a firm surge in passenger numbers, with over 7.1 million travelers passing through its gates.

This figure represents a 21.7% increase compared to the same period in the previous year, putting YVR’s performance on par with the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.

August: A Peak Month


The zenith of this bustling summer was undoubtedly August, with the B.C. Day weekend emerging as the busiest period.

During this weekend alone, from Friday, August 4th to Monday, August 7th, YVR welcomed an astounding 328,422 passengers.

The airport’s passenger upsurge owes much to its airline partners, particularly the consistent growth contributed by Air Canada.

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The Candaian national flag carrier extended its reach by introducing new routes, including destinations such as Miami and Washington Dulles. These additions enhanced YVR’s connectivity and made it a preferred choice for travelers heading to the United States.

Vancouver International Airport at dusk.
Photo Credit: Vancouver International Airport

VAA Comments


Tamara Vrooman, the President and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority, expressed her pride in YVR’s achievements during this period of growth.

She commended the entire YVR community for ensuring a seamless airport experience while upholding core values of safety, innovation, teamwork, and accountability.

This commitment was not only about connecting passengers to their destinations but also about supporting the community during challenging times, such as the wildfire season.

Flight Operations


From July through September, Vancouver International Airport managed an impressive total of 59,796 arriving and departing flights, thanks to its network of 110 airline partners.

Even with such a high volume of flights, the airport maintained an average on-time performance of approximately 70% for departing flights, ensuring that passengers reached their destinations punctually.

Embracing Digital Tools


In tune with the digital age, YVR introduced innovative tools to enhance the passenger experience. YVR Express, a digital service, was utilized by 76,789 departing passengers during the summer season, accounting for about 10% of all travelers during its operating hours.

Additionally, Vancouver’s Passenger Journey Tool garnered nearly 527,000 views, signifying a high level of engagement among passengers.

Supporting the Community


Vancouver International Airport’s commitment to its community was also evident as it raised and donated $50,000 for wildfire relief efforts in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories in July.

The airport also played a crucial role in facilitating medical and evacuation flights from these regions during challenging times.

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