276,000 passengers recorded at YVR Airport in November 2020

Jan 13 2021, 4:17 pm

Over the entire month of November 2020, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) recorded about 276,000 passengers, based on newly released statistics.

This is the third consecutive month of declining passenger volumes since the COVID-19 rebound in late spring, and it represents a 29% decline from the 355,414 recorded in October 2020. The pandemic rebound record was made in August 2020 when about 414,000 passengers went through YVR.

November 2020’s total was 85% down from the 1.878 million passengers recorded over the same month in 2019. Over the first 11 months of 2020, the airport saw seven million passengers — down from 24.224 million over the same period in the previous year.

With international travel largely curbed due to travel restrictions, the domestic market remains the main driving source for demand.

Here is the full breakdown of YVR’s passenger traffic for November 2020:

  • Domestic:
    • 2019: 931,322
    • 2020: 206,975 (-77.8%)
  • US transborder:
    • 2019: 456,468
    • 2020: 25,919 (-94.3%)
  • Asia Pacific:
    • 2019: 327,554
    • 2020: 30,475 (-90.7%)
  • Europe:
    • 2019: 69,697
    • 2020: 8,093 (-88.4%)
  • Miscellaneous:
    • 2019: 93,166
    • 2020: 4,467 (-95.2%)
  • Month total for November 2020:
    • 2019: 1,878,207
    • 2020: 275,929 (-85.3%)

Total runway movements in November 2020 reached 8,736, a decrease from the 9,504 movements in October 2020 and a 60% drop from the 21,972 movements in the same month in 2019.

Jet aircraft accounted for 4,388 of these runway movements, which represents a decrease from 4,980 over the previous month and a 65% fall from the 12,609 in November 2019.

But air cargo volumes are almost at normal volumes, with 21,826 tonnes passing through YVR in November 2020 — just a 5.4% difference from the 23,079 tonnes over the same period in 2019. The wide gap from the onset of the pandemic gradually narrowed with each passing month, and this also likely has to do with heightened demand for online retail.

Aviation statistics are released two months after the fact, so statistics showing holiday travel demand in December 2020 will be ready next month.

BC Centre for Disease Control has been reporting COVID-19 cases onboard YVR flights almost a daily basis over the past several months.

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