Airport Beginnings

The beginnings of Pitt Meadows Regional Airport date back to May 1961, when the Department of Transport announced its decision to build a new airport at Pitt Meadows that would serve as a satellite to Vancouver International Airport.

It would also have a seaplane base on the adjacent Fraser River. The site was 704 acres [285 hectares] in area and, initially, the airport was to have two graded landing strips, 2,500 by 50 feet, one gravel and the other grass.

The airport opened on July 20, 1963. Pitt Meadows is thirty-two kilometers(approx. 20 miles) northeast of Vancouver International Airport and serves the area north of the Fraser River from Mission to and including Vancouver. It is a general aviation satellite airport, catering to flying training, aircraft maintenance businesses, and commercial charter operations. A new parallel asphalt runway, 08R-26L, was opened in June 1970, and today, the airport has three asphalt runways: 08L-26R, 2,485 by 75 feet, 08R-26L, 4,692 by 100 feet (extended in 1986, 400 by 100feet) and 18-36, 2,484 by 75 feet. A portable control tower began operations in September 1967, and the permanent tower was opened in August 1969. In 1975 a new seaplane ramp was built providing access to the airport for float aircraft.

Travelers on a Canadian or U.S. registered private, company-owned, or small charter aircraft carrying no more than 15 passengers have to use a telephone reporting system to get permission from a customs or immigration officer to enter Canada. However, there are different benefits for CANPASS permit holders and travelers without CANPASS permits.

The Pitt Meadows Regional Airport was transferred from Transport Canada to the Pitt Meadows Airport Society in 1998, effective May 19, 1999. We are a not-for-profit organization, focusing on enhancing and promoting development and growth within the region.