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Holiday Travel Plans? Make a List and Check it Twice


Travelling through YVR this holiday season? Follow these tips to keep your spirits bright, from check-in to takeoff.

Most airlines allow check-in up to 24 hours in advance of your flight. While you’re online selecting seats, book your airport parking while you’re at it. jetSet offers the lowest on-airport parking rates when you book online at Follow the bright orange roadway signs to reach the lot. From there, a comfortable, complimentary 24-hour shuttle whisks you and your bags to the terminals in as little as five minutes.

Don’t put wrapped gifts in your checked luggage. They may be opened during the security screening process. Luckily, you can pick up a few last-minute stocking stuffers at YVR and have them beribboned at complimentary gift-wrapping stations located after security in C-Pier, U.S. Departures and International Departures. Stations are open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from December 12 to 24.

Remember that restrictions for liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage still apply. For a complete list of prohibited items, visit the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) website.

Leave a little extra time to make your way through the airport arrival, check-in, bag-drop, security screening and customs processes - particularly if you’re travelling with kids or en masse. While our team is working hard to get you through the airport quickly and pleasantly, some congestion is inevitable, especially on the busy travel days leading up to Christmas.

New to YVR year is a holiday coat check service – particularly helpful if you’re headed to a warm-weather clime and don’t want to lug along your down coat.  Offered by CDS Baggage Storage and located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International terminals, coats can be stored for $1 per coat per day, or $5 per coat per week.

Children’s play areas are just waiting to be climbed and clambered – by children, that is – while waiting to board. Meanwhile, tired parents can sip an eggnog latte while supervising from a comfy seat in the gate area. A list of play areas is available on

If you or a loved one requires a little extra assistance travelling through the airport, YVR’s new Airport Butler can help. Simple services like check-in assistance, golf cart transportation to the gate, access to a pay-per-use lounge or even help with airport shopping and dining options can make a big difference.

And keep an eye out for Santa Claus and an ear open for local musicians who will be spreading cheer throughout the public areas of the terminal.

For additional information on these services and more, check out the Shopping, Dining & Services page.


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