About

Pitt Meadows Airport (YPK) Society

The Airport opened in 1963. It was transferred from Transport Canada to the Pitt Meadows Airport Society (PMAS) effective May 1999. The Society owns and operates the airport and, as a not-for-profit organization, reinvests all earnings back into YPK in order to improve the airport for the community.

PMAS is subject to an Operating Agreement with the federal Minister of Transport obliging it to manage, operate and maintain the airport as an aerodrome certified by the Minister of Transport.

The Minister of Transport has certified PMAS as having met the approved aeronautical standards, recommended practices and the level of safety at the airport, and the issuance of the airport certificate was in the public interest.

Management

The 700-acre airport is managed and operated by staff of nine. Its General Manager is hired by, and accountable to, the Board of Directors. YPK’s General Manager/Chief Administrative Officer, Elvio Pecchia, was hired in December 2014. He brings more than 30 years of aviation and airport management experience to YPK.

Governance

PMAS is governed by a nine-person volunteer Board of Directors. The City of Pitt Meadows and City of Maple Ridge must approve board members’ nomination to the YPK Board. Board members are nominated for a three-year term. They are eligible to be to be reappointed for one further term.

Mission

Our mission is to develop the Pitt Meadows Airport for economic and social benefit to Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, the North Fraser Region, and adjacent communities.

Our History

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.

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.