Grant McConachie International Airport

From Dominion of British Columbia
Grant McConachie International Airport
MTC Location ID -
Address 3211 Grant McConachie Way
Richmond R2 0AD
4640 Inglis Drive
Richmond R2 1WD
Hub for Air BC (main)
CP Air (main)
Evergreen International Airlines
Inter-Dominion Air Lines (main)
Harmony Airways (main)
Helijet Airways (main)
Orca Airways (main)
Pacific Coastal Airlines (main)
Pacific Western Airlines (main)
Focus city for Air Canada
Central Mountain Air
United Airlines

Vancouver International Airport is an airport in Richmond, British Columbia, serving Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. It is the busiest airport in BC, and is the primary airport for overseas services.

Accidents and incidents

  • 1 March 1970 Air BC DHBC-4 Skylark VB-SBK (c/n C642/1961), operating as Air BC Flight BC106 from Victoria to Vancouver, collided with a privately owned ERCO 415 Ercoupe (VB-RHN) on final approach. Whilst nearing their destination in clear weather in a VFR descent of 500 feet per minute at 180 knots, the pilots were informed by arrival control that there was an aircraft at 12 o'clock at one mile, moving from left to right. They looked intently but were unable to see the aircraft; radar then reported that the target had disappeared and directed a frequency change to tower. The pilots of the Skylark resumed their pre-landing cockpit duties and a few seconds later they felt a jar as the Skylark collided with the Ercoupe at approximately 1,500 feet asl. Witnesses to the collision saw a small white aircraft spiralling to the ground; the pilot was killed. The collision caused a fire in one engine but the aircraft landed safely with only a few minor injuries amongst the 29 passengers and four crew. Inspection revealed damage to the wing from the collision, and the aircraft was written off.

Airlines and destinations

Terminal 1

Terminal 1, also known as the South Terminal, is used for domestic flights (including flights to Utari Mosir), as well as most flights to the northern territories of Canada. It is served by XVR Domestic Station of the Airport Line of the Greater Vancouver Metro.

Airline Service area Destination Aircraft
Air BC Domestic Atlin RJ85
Bella Coola Su-80
Blaenau B737-900
Campbell River Su-80
Cassiar ATR 42, ATR 72
Castlegar ATR 42, ATR 72
Chetwynd RJ100, Superjet 100
Comox Superjet 100
Cranbrook ATR 42
Dawson Creek B737-900
Dease Lake RJ85, RJ-100
Fort Nelson RJ100, Superjet 100
Fort St John RJ85, RJ100
Ganiks Laxha B737-900, Superjet 100
Hagwilget RJ85, RJ100
Invermere ATR 42
Iturup B767-200ER
Kamloops B737-900
Kelowna RJ100, Superjet 100
Kemano ATR 42
Merritt ATR 42, Su-80
Meziadin RJ85
Nanaimo An-158, RJ85, Superjet 100
Penticton ATR 42, ATR 72
Prince George B737-900, Superjet 100
Prince Rupert B737-900, Superjet 100
Quatsino ATR 42, Su-80
Quesnel ATR 42, ATR 72
Sandspit Su-80
Sparwood Su-80
Tisquit Su-80
Trail RJ100, Superjet 100
Ulh’katcho Su-80
Valemount Superjet 100
Victoria An-158, ATR 42, RJ85
Continental Whitehorse A220-200
Yellowknife A220-200
Air North Continental Whitehorse B737-400, B737-500
Yellowknife B737-400, B737-500
Central Mountain Air Domestic Castlegar Short 360
Hagwilget Il-114
Kelowna Il-114
Smithers Short 360
CP Air Domestic Blaenau A220-300, B737-700
Fort St John CRJ1000
Ganiks Laxha A220-300, B737-700, B737-800
Prince George A220-300, B737-700, B737-800
Prince Rupert A220-300, B737-700
Trail B737-700
Hawkair Domestic Ganiks Laxha B737-300
Mackenzie B737-300
Inter-Dominion Air Lines Domestic Blaenau Superjet 100
Dawson Creek Superjet 100
Gitlaxt’aamiks Superjet 100
Prince George Superjet 100
Valemount Superjet 100
KD Air Domestic Qualicum Beach GAF Nomad
Kelowna Flightcraft Domestic Kelowna B737-800
Kootenay Airways Domestic Blaenau RJ85
North Cariboo Air Domestic Williams Lake ATP
Orca Airways Domestic Pemberton Beech 99
Port Alberni Beech 99, Dove
Qualicum Beach Beech 99
Tofino Beech 99
Pacific Coastal Airlines Domestic Bella Bella Do-328, Short 360
Bella Coola Do-328, Short 360
Campbell River Do-328
Comox Do-328, Short 360
Masset Do-328
Nelson ATP, ATR 72
Port Hardy Do-328, Short 360
Trail ATP, ATR 72
Vernon ATP, ATR 72
Victoria ATP, ATR 72, Do-328
Williams Lake Do-328
Pacific Western Airlines Domestic Bella Bella Q300
Bella Coola Q300
Blaenau MD-90
Campbell River Q300
Comox CRJ200, CRJ702, Q300
Cranbrook CRJ200, Q300
Dawson Creek MD-88, MD-90
Gitlaxt’aamiks MD-88, MD-90
Grand Forks CRJ200, Q300
Kamloops MD-88, MD-90
Kelowna MD-88, MD-90
Penticton CRJ200, Q300
Port Alberni A318-111, CRJ702
Quesnel CRJ200, Q300
Sandspit Q300
Valemount MD-88, MD-90
Victoria CRJ200, Q300
Williams Lake CRJ200, Q300
Utari Air Domestic Iturup Skookum Trident, Yak-242-300
Valley Air Taxi Domestic Chilliwack Jetstream 31
Hope Seneca
Continental Bellingham Jetstream 31
Everett Saab 340
Port Angeles Jetstream 31
Spokane Saab 340

Terminal 2

Terminal 2, built in 1968 on the site of the original terminal building, is used for Continental services - flights to and from Canada (other than the North), the United States, and Mexico; it is also used by some airlines flying serving overseas destinations via an airport in Canada, Mexico, or the United States. It is served by XVR Continental Station of the Airport Line. On display inside the main hall of Terminal 2 is the only surviving prototype of the Supermarine BC Skookum Skemcis, the first jet fighter designed and built in BC.

Airline Service area Destination Aircraft
Aeroméxico Continental Guadalajara B737-700
Mexico City B737-800, B737 MAX 8
Air BC Continental Anchorage B737-700
Baltimore B737-700
Boise RJ85
Calgary B737-900, RJ100
Chicago–O'Hare B737-900
Denver B737-900
Detroit B737-900
Edmonton B737-900, RJ100
Houston–Intercontinental B737-700, B737-900
Juneau RJ85
Las Vegas B737-900, RJ100, Superjet 100
Los Angeles B737-900
Mexico City B737-700, B737-900
Minneapolis-St Paul B737-700
Montreal–Dorval B737-900
New York–John F. Kennedy B767-200ER
Ottawa B737-700, B737-900
Portland, OR ATR 42, ATR 72, Superjet 100
San Francisco B737-900
Seattle ATR 42, ATR 72
Spokane Superjet 100
Toronto–Pearson B737-900
Winnipeg B737-900
Air Canada Continental Calgary A220-200, B737 MAX 8
Edmonton A220-200, B737 MAX 8
Halifax seasonal A321-200
Montreal–Dorval B737 MAX 8
Ottawa B737 MAX 8
Regina A220-200
Saskatoon A220-200
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson A321-200
Whitehorse A220-200
Winnipeg A220-300
Yellowknife A220-200
Air Senegal Continental Montreal–Mirabel (continuing to Dakar) A330-900
International Dakar (via Montreal) A330-900
Air Transat Continental Montreal–Mirabel A321-200
Quebec City A321-200, B737-800
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson A321-200, A321neoLR
AirCal Continental Burbank Kehloke 2
Los Angeles Kehloke 2
Palm Springs seasonal Kehloke 2
Reno B737-800
San Diego Kehloke 2
San Jose Kehloke 2
Santa Ana Kehloke 2
Alaska Airlines Continental Anchorage B737-800
Fairbanks B737-800
American Airlines Continental Chicago–O'Hare B737-800
Dallas–Fort Worth A321-200
Los Angeles B737-800
New York–John F. Kennedy A321-200
Phoenix–Sky Harbor B737-800
St Louis A320-200
Cameroon Airlines Continental Montreal–Mirabel (continuing to Douala) Il-96M
International Douala (via Montreal) Il-96M
Canadian Airlines International Continental Calgary B737-400
Edmonton B737-400
Fort McMurray B737-400
Regina CRJ900
Saskatoon CRJ900
Toronto–Bishop A320-200
Winnipeg B737-700
CP Air Continental Bozeman A220-200
Calgary A220-200, B737-700
Cleveland B737-800
Edmonton A220-200, B737-700
Honolulu B777-300
Los Angeles A220-300, B737-800
Montreal–Dorval A220-300, B737-700
Ottawa A220-200, B737-700
Quebec City B737-800
Salt Lake City A220-300, B737-700
San Francisco A220-300, B737-800
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson B737-800, B767-400ER
Winnipeg B737-700, B737-800
Cubana Continental Mexico City (continuing to Havana) Superjet 100 (summer), Yak-242-300 (winter)
International Havana (via Mexico City) Superjet 100 (summer), Yak-242-300 (winter)
Delta Air Lines Continental Atlanta A321-200
Detroit B737-800
Minneapolis-St Paul B737-800
El Al Continental New York–Kennedy (continuing to Tel Aviv) B747-400
International Tel Aviv (via New York–Kennedy) B747-400
Harmony Airways Continental Honolulu B757-200, Yak-242-300
Kahului B757-200
Las Vegas CRJ701
Palm Springs CRJ701
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson B757-200
Hawaiian Airlines Continental Kahului seasonal A330-200
Horizon Air Continental Portland, OR Embraer 175
Seattle DHC-8-400
Spokane DHC-8-400
Inter-Dominion Air Lines Continental Anchorage Tu-204-220
Boston A321neo, Tu-204-220
Calgary Superjet 100
Chicago–O'Hare A321neo, Tu-204-220
Dallas–Fort Worth A321neo, Tu-204-220, Tu-204SM
Detroit Tu-204-220, Tu-204SM
Edmonton Superjet 100
Honolulu A321neo
Las Vegas Tu-204-220, Tu-204SM
Los Angeles Tu-204SM
Mexico City A321neo
Miami A321neo, Tu-204-220
Montreal–Dorval Tu-204SM
Ottawa Tu-204SM
Portland, OR Superjet 100
Regina Superjet 100
Saskatoon Superjet 100
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson A321neo, A330-200
Whitehorse Superjet 100
Winnipeg MD-90
Yellowknife Superjet 100
Jetlines Continental Cancún A321
Halifax A320
Hamilton A320
Las Vegas A320
Lethbridge B737-500
Los Cabos A320
Moncton A320
Montreal–St-Hubert A321
Orlando–Sanford A321
Puerto Vallarta A321
Quebec City B737-500
Red Deer B737-500
St John's A320
Waterloo B737-500
Winnipeg B737-500
Pacific Western Airlines Continental Billings A318-111
Calgary Tu-204SM
Edmonton Tu-204SM
Saskatoon Tu-204SM
Seattle Q300
Panagra Airways Continental Boston A320-200
Dallas–Fort Worth B737-900
Fort Lauderdale seasonal A320-200
Indianapolis B737-900
Las Vegas A321-200
Los Angeles B737-900
Miami B757-300
Milwaukee B737-900
New Orleans B737-900, A321-200
New York–Kennedy B757-300
Royal Hawaiian Airlines Continental Honolulu MD-11
San Juan Airlines Continental Bellingham EMB-110
Sun Country Airlines Continental Minneapolis-St Paul seasonal B737-800
TAROM Continental Newark (continuing to Bucharest) Il-96M
International Bucharest–Otopeni (via Newark) Il-96M
United Airlines Continental Chicago–O'Hare A320-200
Denver A319-100
Houston–Intercontinental B737-900ER
Houston–Intercontinental (continuing to Rio de Janeiro) B777-200ER
Los Angeles B737-900ER
Newark seasonal B757-300
San Francisco B737-900ER
Washington–Dulles A319-100
International Rio de Janeiro–Galeão (via Houston) seasonal B777-200ER
Western Airlines Continental Denver MD-90
Las Vegas B737-900, B737 MAX 9
Los Angeles B737-900
Portland, OR Kehloke 1
Salt Lake City Kehloke 1
San Francisco Kehloke 1, MD-90
WestJet Continental Calgary B737-800
Edmonton B737-800
Regina Q400
Saskatoon Q400
Toronto–Lester B. Pearson B737 MAX 8
Winnipeg B737-700

Terminal 3

Terminal 3 is used for international flights outside of the North American continent. It is served by XVR International Station of the Airport Line.

Airline Service area Destination Aircraft
Aer Lingus International Dublin A330-300
Aeroflot International Moscow–Sheremetyevo B777-300ER
Aeronica International Managua seasonal Tu-204-300
Air Astana International Almaty via Frankfurt B767-300ER, B787-8
Air BC International Dubai B747-8
Frankfurt B747-8
Glasgow B767-200ER
London Gatwick B747-8
Madrid B767-200ER
Manchester B767-200ER
Manila B747-8
Mumbai B747-8
Qazan B767-200ER
Rio de Janeiro–Galeão B767-200ER
Seoul–Incheon B767-200ER
Tokyo–Haneda B747-8
Taipei–Taoyuan B747-8
Air France International Paris–Charles de Gaulle A350-900
Papeete A350-900
Air India International Amritsar B747-400
Delhi B747-400
Air Koryo International Pyongyang Il-96-400
Air Maghreb International Casablanca B787-8
Air New Zealand International Auckland B777-300ER, B787-9
Rarotonga seasonal B787-9
Air Nigeria International Lagos B787-9
Air Niugini International Cairns via Hong Kong and Port Moresby B767-300ER
Air RZ International Harare B747-8
Air Tahiti Nui International Papeete B787-9
Paris–Charles de Gaulle B787-9
Alitalia International Rome–Fiumicino A330-200
All Nippon Airways International Tokyo–Haneda B787-9, B787-10
Aurora International Vladivostok B767-300ER
Avianca International Bogotá B787-8
Awyr Cymru - Air Wales International Cardiff B767-300ER
British Airways International Glasgow B777-200ER
London Heathrow A380-800
BWIA West Indies Airways International Bridgetown A340-300
Kingston A340-300
Port of Spain A340-300
Caledonian Airways International London Gatwick A330-200
CP Air International Amsterdam B747-8
Auckland B777-300
Beijing–Capital B747-8
Buenos Aires–Pistarini B767-400ER
Guangzhou B747-8
Hong Kong B747-8
Lima B767-400ER
Nadi B777-300
Santiago de Chile B767-400ER
São Paulo–Guarulhos seasonal B747-8
Shenzhen B747-8
Sydney B777-300
Tokyo–Narita B747-8
Cathay Pacific International Hong Kong B777-300ER
Shanghai–Pudong A350-900
Cayman Airways International George Town seasonal B737 MAX 8
China Airlines International Taipei–Taoyuan A350-900
Egyptair International Cairo A330-300
EVA Air International Taipei–Taoyuan B787-9
Fiji Airways International Nadi A350-900
Ghana Airways International Accra via London Heathrow A330-300
Greenlandair International Kangerlussuaq A330-800
Icelandair International Keflavík B757-200
Inter-Dominion Air Lines International Auckland A350-900
Belize City–Goldson Tu-204SM
Berlin–Schönefeld A330-200, A350-900
Bridgetown Tu-204-200, Tu-204SM
Budapest A330-200
Canberra A350-900
Delhi A330-200
Edinburgh seasonal A330-200
Harare via Accra A350-900
Hong Kong A350-900
Kingston A321neo, A330-200
Kyiv–Boryspil A330-200
London Heathrow A330-200, A350-900
Mumbai A350-900
Nadi A350-900
Nassau Tu-204-200, Tu-204SM
Paris–Charles de Gaulle A330-200, A350-900
Singapore A350-900
Tel Aviv A330-200
Interflug International Berlin–Schönefeld A340-300 (summer), Il-96M (winter)
Japan Air System International Fukuoka B777-200
Japan Airlines International Tokyo–Narita B787-9
JAT Yugoslav Airlines International Belgrade A340-600
Jetlines International Montego Bay A321
Santo Domingo A320
KLM International Amsterdam B747-400M
Korean Air International Seoul–Incheon B747-8I
LOT Polish Airlines International Warsaw B787-8
Lufthansa International Frankfurt B747-8I
Munich A350-900
Luxair International Luxembourg A340-600
Malév Hungarian Airlines International Budapest B787-8
MIAT Mongolian Airlines International Ulaanbaatar B767-300ER
Philippine Airlines International Manila B777-300ER
Primoravia International Ulan-Ude via Khabarovsk
QANTAS International Sydney B787-9
Rossiya Airlines International St Petersburg via London Gatwick B747-400
Shanghai Airlines International Shanghai–Hongqiao B787-9
Singapore Airlines International Singapore A350-900
SriLankan Airlines International Colombo–Bandaranaike A330-300
Starlux Airlines International Taipei–Taoyuan A350-900
Swiss International Air Lines International Zürich A340-300
Thai Airways International International Bangkok–Suvarnabhumi B777-300ER
Turkish Airlines International Istanbul B787-9
Ukraine International Airlines International Kyiv-Boryspil B767-300ER
Vietnam Airlines International Ho Chi Minh City B787-9
XiamenAir International Xiamen B787-9

Vancouver International Water Airport

The Vancouver International Water Airport is located on the south shore of Sea Island and is used for helicopter and seaplane services; it is accessible through Terminal 1.

Airline Service area Destination Aircraft
Helijet Airways Domestic Victoria Inner Harbour Yarksis 2A
Seair Domestic Ganges Be-103
Nanaimo Harbour Twin Otter
Pender Harbour Be-103
Tahsis Be-103, Twin Otter

RBCAF Sea Island

A portion of the South Terminal is operated by the Royal BC Air Force as RBCAF Station Sea Island. In the past, it was a full airbase with fighter squadrons based there, but since 1963, when work to expand the civilian airport began, it has been used only as a SAR helicopter base. A detachment of 113 (Helicopter) Squadron is stationed here to provide search and rescue services for the Lower Mainland.