September 2, 2014
AirlineTV.net report by Henry Tenby: On Thursday, July 16, 2009, YVR’s much anticipated new public observation area was officially opened before a crowd of invited VIPs, the media, and other invited guests. The new observation area is massive, and will surely attract aviation fans from all over the world as the view and facilities are nothing short of impressive. Facing west, the massive enclosed room is accessed via escalators from the pre-security food court in the public area of the Domestic Terminal, and is open 24H with no admission fee. Kudos to YVR for bucking the trend and being the only airport in North America to open a brand new airfield viewing facility of this magnitude in the past several decades. And for that, the local community and the international aviation enthusiast community is greatly impressed. Congratulations to forward thinking YVR in making this dream a reality, and their extremely generous gift to the community at large. Hopefully other airports will follow suite.