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Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport (IATA: YYJ, ICAO: CYYJ) serves Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It is 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) north northwest of Victoria on the Saanich Peninsula, with the bulk of the airport (including the passenger terminal) in North Saanich, and a small portion of the airfield extending into Sidney. The airport is run by the Victoria Airport Authority.

Like most airports that are run by local authorities in Canada, Victoria International Airport charges an Airport improvement fee for each outgoing passenger. As of March 2017, it was $15.00.

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

The airport is classified as an airport of entry by Nav Canada and is staffed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). CBSA officers at this airport can handle aircraft with no more than 450 passengers, when unloaded from the aircraft in stages, or 120 normally. YYJ does not have U.S. preclearance.

In 2016, YYJ served 1,856,421 passengers and had 135,708 aircraft movements making it Canada's 10th busiest airport in terms of passengers. It was British Columbia's second busiest airport in terms of passengers and aircraft movements.

There are two popular locations for plane spotters. The first is at the end of Canora Road, on the south-east side of the airport, next to a small cemetery. A second, lesser-known location is an open field off of Mills Road, near the Mills Road and Meadland Road intersection on the north-east corner of the airport.

Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport

  • WMO: 71799
Airport type Public
Owner Transport Canada
Operator Victoria Airport Authority
Serves Victoria, British Columbia
Location North Saanich, British Columbia
Time zone PST (UTC-08:00)
Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-07:00)
Elevation AMSL 64 ft / 20 m
Coordinates 48°38′50″N

Victoria International Airport

Location in British Columbia

Direction Length Surface
ft m
Statistics (2017)
Aircraft movements
Number of passengers
Sources: Canada Flight Supplement
Environment Canada
Victoria Airport Authority Facts & Stats


The airport started in 1939 as a grass strip, and was used as a military training airfield. During the early part of WWII (1940 - 1941), the airfield was used as Royal Air Force Station Patricia Bay, for training personnel for basic flying training, preparatory to returning them to the UK.

The airport is located beside Patricia Bay, which, due to the prevalence of flying boats at the time, proved to be an excellent location. The Department of Transport took over the airport in 1948. It was then called Victoria (Patricia Bay) Airport, and many locals still refer to it as the "Pat Bay Airport". Trans-Canada Airlines (later Air Canada) began regular service in 1943.

The last Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) unit left the airport in 1952. In the late 1980s the RCAF returned to the property when 443 Helicopter Squadron began operating CH-124 Sea King ship-borne anti-submarine helicopters from Victoria International Airport. The RCAF refers to 443 Squadron operations at the airport as the Patricia Bay Heliport.

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

In 1959, the airport was renamed the "Victoria International Airport".

In 1997, as part of a broad scale restructuring of airports across Canada, Transport Canada (formerly the Department of Transport), gave operational control of the airport to the Victoria Airport Authority.

In 2000, the Victoria Airport Authority began the process of renovating and expanding the terminal to meet passenger needs. In 2002, the new "airside hold room" and the new "arrivals rotunda" were rebuilt. By 2005, the new "departures area" was completed.

In May 2005, the federal government, which owns the land, announced a reduction in the rent paid by the Victoria Airport Authority. This will save $0.6 million Canadian each year and $12 million CAD over the life of the lease, which is 50 years.


Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Departure/Check-in area

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Domestic Baggage Claim Area

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Twin Otter 400, first test flight

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Delta Connection (Skywest), Air Canada Express (Jazz), United Express (Skywest) and Pacific Coastal Airlines aircraft parked at Victoria International Airport in August 2017.

The main terminal has nine gates, organized as gates 1-2 and 4-10. Gates 1,2 and 9,10 are equipped with aircraft loading bridges.

Gates 1,2,5 and 6 are used to handle international passenger arrivals.

There are three luggage carousels: two located at the arrivals area for domestic passengers, and one for international flights located inside the customs area.

As of December 1, 2010, time limited, ad supported Wi-Fi internet service provided by Telus is available terminal wide.

Airlines and destinations

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300 at Victoria (CYYJ), July 2017.

Nearly all commercial flights at Victoria fly to domestic airports or to destinations in the United States. Seasonal scheduled flights by Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, and WestJet also connect Victoria to tourist destinations in Mexico. For the Summer 2017 season, Air Canada operated wide-body Boeing 767s on its daily flights to Toronto.


Airlines Destinations
Air Canada Express Calgary, Vancouver Seasonal: Edmonton
Air Canada Rouge Toronto-Pearson Seasonal: Montréal-Trudeau
Air North Kelowna, Whitehorse
Air Transat Seasonal: Cancún, Puerto Vallarta
Alaska Airlines Seattle/Tacoma
Delta Connection Seattle/Tacoma
Flair Airlines Seasonal: Edmonton
Island Express Air Abbotsford, Nanaimo
NorthStar Air Tours Eastsound, Friday Harbor
Pacific Coastal Airlines Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver
Sunwing Airlines Seasonal: Huatulco (begins November 6, 2018), Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
United Express San Francisco
WestJet Calgary, Edmonton Seasonal: Cancún, Puerto Vallarta, Toronto-Pearson
WestJet Encore Calgary, Edmonton, Kelowna, Vancouver


Airlines Destinations
Federal Express Vancouver
KF Cargo Vancouver
Morningstar Air Express Vancouver
Purolator Vancouver
SkyLink Express Vancouver


Annual traffic

Annual Passenger Traffic
Year Passengers % Change
2010 1,514,713
2011 1,499,792 -1%
2012 1,504,024 0.3%
2013 1,556,960 3.4%
2014 1,650,904 6.0%
2015 1,710,825 3.6%
2016 1,856,421 8.5%
2017 1,934,842 4.2%

Future development plans

Victoria Airport Authority's 2008 master plan laid out a timeline of proposed changes to the airport.

Year 1-5

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

An Air Canada Airbus A321 taxiing for takeoff from Victoria to Toronto, August 2017

  • Full parallel taxiway E to runway 09/27. (Completed)
  • New taxiway exit from runway 09 to taxiway S. (Completed)
  • New maintenance facility and fire hall on the west side of the airport. (Completed)
  • First phase of apron IV expansion to accommodate interim demand. (Completed)
  • Extend approach lighting on runway 27 by 320 m (1,050 ft).
  • Additional terminal building public parking. (Completed)
  • Construct a bicycle/walking path around the perimeter of the airport property. (Completed)
  • Add two new passenger loading bridges. (Completed)
  • New military hangar to store new Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopters. (Completed)
  • Runway 09/27 and thresholds of taxiway W, S, G, and E on both sides and parts of runways 21/02 and 14/32. (Completed)

Year 6-10

  • Upgrading of approach lighting on runway 09.
  • Decommission taxiway D.
  • Apron IV expansion to the north.
  • New taxiway from apron IV to runway 02/20.
  • Construct a new general aviation taxiway.
  • Construct road access from Mills Road.
  • Realign Willingdon Road to accommodate additional terminal building parking.
  • First phase of terminal expansion (upper level hold room and two additional loading bridges).

Year 11-20

  • New Canada Border Services Agency immigration and customs facility and US border preclearance area.
  • North concourse terminal expansion.
  • Construct a car parking structure.
  • A 427 m (1,401 ft) runway expansion of 09/27.

Flight training

There are several organisations that offer flight training at the airport:

  • Ocean Air Floatplanes (charter service, tours, float plane training using Cessna 180H)
  • Victoria Flying Club (small prop aircraft training, charter service, float plane, Multi-Engine IFR Training, Red Bird Simulator)
  • Pacific Sky Aviation (Formerly Juan Air - training with turbo prop and floatplanes)
  • Discovery West Aviation (charter service, sightseeing tours, and training)
  • Compass West Aviation (advanced flight training with turbo prop aircraft using Redbird FMX)
  • Royal Canadian Air Cadets (glider and powered flight lessons, aviation simulator)

Transportation to the airport

Victoria International Airport is 22 km from downtown Victoria.

It is served by a direct shuttle bus service, YYJ Airport Shuttle, to and from downtown and hotels, and by taxis (Yellow Cab).

BC Transit routes 83, 86, and 88 make connections to the airport. Passengers using BC Transit can connect with intercity (Greyhound Bus Lines or Vancouver Island Coach) and regional coach service (Pacific Coach Lines) in Victoria.

By car, the airport is normally a 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria (with little or no traffic, and a 40-minute drive with traffic) via Highway 17. The airport has short term and long term/daily parking lots next to the terminal with an additional overflow lot. Rental lot is located to the southwest of the terminal building.

A new interchange at Highway 17 and McTavish Road, the main highway access point to the airport, was completed in April 2011. Funding for the interchange was shared between the federal, provincial governments and Victoria Airport Authority.

Victoria International Airport
Victoria International Airport.

Fire and rescue

Victoria International Airport Fire and Rescue operates three crash tenders and one support vehicle to deal with emergencies at the airport. The current station (Airport Fire Service and Airport Operations) opened in 2010 to replace the former station dating back to World War II.

Fixed-base operations

  • Shell Aerocentre
  • Vancouver Island Helicopters (VIH)
  • Viking Air

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General Info
Country Canada
Time UTC-8(-7DT)
Latitude 48.646944
48° 38' 49.00" N
Longitude -123.425833
123° 25' 33.00" W
Elevation 63 feet
19 meters
Type Civil
Magnetic Variation 018° E (01/06)
Beacon Yes
Operating Hours 24 HOUR OPERATIONS
International Clearance Status Airport of Entry
Daylight Saving Time Second Sunday in March at 0200 to first Sunday in November at 0200 local time (Exception Arizona and that portion of Indiana in the Eastern Time Zone)

Opr 1400-0800Z++.
(119.1 Outer.) (119.7 Inner.)
443 SQUADRON 349.3
ESSO 122.95
Opr 1400-0800Z++, OT ctc 133.85 308.4
Opr 0800-1400Z++.
Opr 1700-0100Z++.
ATIS 118.8
Opr 0800-1400Z++
APP/DEP 127.8
Communications Remarks
TWR Emerg only C250-665-2866.
MISC PPR 443 Squadron ramp, ctc opr C250-363-6676.
CLD All dep acft ctc.

Dimensions Surface PCN ILS
02/20 5026 x 200 feet
1532 x 61 meters
09/27 7000 x 200 feet
2134 x 61 meters
13/31 5003 x 200 feet
1525 x 61 meters

Type ID Name Channel Freq Distance From Field Bearing From Navaid
VOR-DME YYJ VICTORIA 084X 113.7 5.3 NM 134.3
NDB YJ VICTORIA - 200 1.1 NM 259.3

Fuel Jet A1, without icing nhibitor.

100/130 MIL Spec, low lead, aviation gasoline (BLUE)
Other Fluids DE-ICE, Anti-icing/De-icing/Defrosting Fluid (MIL A 8243)
DC 22-35v, 500 amp continuous 1100 amp intermittent soft start

CAUTION Hwy cros apch to Rwy 13. Aprx 750' fr thld mobile obst to 30' abv thld elev.
FLUID De-ice
FUEL A1+ (Pacific Sky Avn Inc, C250-656-3231.) (NC-100LL, A1, B, J8)
JASU 1 (CE16)
LGT VASI Rwy 13-31 and 09, 9 lgt unit for acft with eye-to-wheel hgt up to 25'. ACTIVATE-ARCAL - 3 step on CTAF. VASI Rwy 09 obst clnc ltd to 12 NM, VASI Rwy 13 obst clnc ltd to 2 NM. VASI Rwy 09 avbl on lo setting only.
RSTD PPR 443 Squadron ramp, ctc Base OPS C250-363-6676, no svc avbl. Rwy 02-20 rstd to 50,000 lb for tkof and ldg. Twy M rstd to 12,500 lb.

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