July 22, 1931, was a special day in the history of Vancouver International Airport (YVR)—the day its doors were officially opened by B.C. Premier Simon Tolmie as a gateway to the world. More than 55,000 people attended the four-day open house celebration and airshow, featuring the Trans-Canada Air Pageant, the Aero Club of British Columbia and the U.S. military.
And 2023 marks YVR’s 92nd birthday.
In 1931, YVR was a single runway, a small wood-framed two-storey administration building, two concrete hangars, a floatplane harbour, and a control tower. That building, with many renovations and enhancements since, is the South Terminal.
Today, Vancouver International Airport is Canada’s second busiest airport and a trailblazer in the global aviation industry. Known for its commitment to innovation, steady growth, and representation of the very essence of the British Columbia region, it serves the community and the economy that supports it.
Many accomplishments worth recognizing, together with YVR’s community, employees, and partners, reflect the airport’s 92 years of extraordinary history and entrepreneurial spirit. A handful of the most memorable moments include expansions of the airport’s terminals, noteworthy environmental achievements, the launch of new routes, and invaluable community partnerships.
While this date provides the opportunity to reflect on 92 years of remarkable achievements, the actual message is one of heartfelt gratitude—Vancouver Airport Authority extends the deepest thanks to its community, business partners, and dedicated employees who have played an integral role in shaping YVR’s success. The unwavering support, invaluable contributions, and ongoing commitment to excellence have propelled the airport to heights and allowed YVR to connect British Columbia to the world proudly.