Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the biggest airport in the Vancouver area and the second-busiest airport in Canada. It is a hub for Air Canada and a mini-hub for WestJet and Air Transat. Travelers flying from YVR can fly non-stop to destinations across Canada as well as elsewhere in North American, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The most popular domestic destination for Vancouver travelers is Toronto. Internationally, popular travel destinations include Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles and Manila.
There are several other airports with commercial service in the vicinity.
Vancouver Harbour Water Airport or Vancouver Coal Harbour Seaplane Base (CHX) is located in downtown Vancouver and has regional service (via sea plane and helicopter) to nearby towns. Bellingham International Airport (BLI), which is 77km from Vancouver, is considered a low-cost alternative airport thanks to the presence of Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. And Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is located about 85 km from Vancouver. About a dozen airlines fly out of the airport and offer both domestic and international flights.
Sometimes you just want to escape rainy weather and cool temperatures. Two warm-weather destinations for Vancouver vacationers: Cancún and Hawaii.
Several airlines fly from Vancouver Airport to Cancún, including Air Transat (seasonal) and WestJet. These two airlines also offer nonstop flights between Victoria Airport and Cancún. Travelers to Cancún should keep in mind that December to April is the best time of year to visit, and that the rainy and tropical storm season runs from May to January.
When flying to Hawaii, most travelers head to Honolulu before catching a short commuter flight to a nearby island. Air Canada and WestJet offer non-stop flights between Vancouver and Honolulu. Additionally, Air Canada flies to Kahului and flies seasonally to Kona. WestJet also offers flights to Kahului and Kona. Travelers from Victoria can fly WestJet to Honolulu (seasonal service). And travelers from Bellingham can fly Alaska Airlines to Honolulu and Kahului (seasonal), or Allegiant to Honolulu and Kahului. As a whole, the Hawaiian Islands have tropical weather, though many microclimates exist. May to September is usually the dry season and considered peak travel season.
Thanks to the presence of low-cost carriers such as WestJet and Allegiant at Vancouver International Airport, Victoria International Airport and Bellingham International Airport, Vancouver-area residents should have a relatively easy time finding inexpensive airfares. Cheap flights are plentiful, particularly to cities served by these low-cost carriers. Whether you’re flying to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Toronto, Calgary or another city, ensure that your search includes all nearby airports and all carriers.