Airport Service for Tofino, Long Beach & Ucluelet
The Tofino-Long Beach Airport (YAZ) is centrally located between the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Situated opposite the world-renowned Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the airport is the most convenient entry point to the west coast from major centres, including Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle.
News: Orca Airways adds Beech 99 Aircraft to Fleet
The addition of a Beech 99 aircraft to Orca Airways' Vancouver to Tofino / Ucluelet service doubles the airline's passenger capacity and halves the flight time between Tofino and Vancouver. Now it takes just over 30 minutes to fly between Vancouver and Tofino. Read the full Press Release here.
News: Tofino-Long Beach Airport will receive $1.27 million
The B.C. Air Access Program, part of B.C. on the Move, the Government of B.C.'s 10-year transportation plan for infrastructure upgrades has provided funding to improve the airport, including new runway lighting. Adding new runway lighting will allow the airport to expand its services, especially with the expected increase in visitors to the Vancouver Island's West Coast communities. The upgrades will also allow for enhanced emergency health care services to the area. Read the full Press Release here.
Tofino-Long Beach Airport Upgrades
The Canadian Government has recently completed a $3.8 million renovation and upgrade to the airport and terminal:
- A new terminal accessed via Airport Road now has Wi-Fi, seating for 25 passengers, restrooms and vending food service.
- The primary concrete runway "11 29" which offers both IFR and GPS approaches was totally resurfaced and is 5,000 feet long and 100 feet wide.
- The remaining two runways are both very serviceable and also offer 5,000 foot concrete surfaces and IFR approaches. These runways are very useful in non-typical wind patterns.
- With this upgrade the airport can now handle nearly all types and models of private jets and commercial propjet aircraft, allowing direct access from most points in North America.
The Tofino-Long Beach Airport serves a year-round population base of some 8,000 area residents and many more during peak visitation periods (June to September). It’s estimated YAZ handles 20,000 passengers per year.
With three 5,000-foot (1,500-metre) runways, YAZ can accommodate both large and small aircraft. Three commercial carriers, service the Tofino-Long Beach airport. It is also widely used by private and chartered aircraft.
The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District is the current owner and operator of the Tofino-Long Beach Airport. The facility was first built as a Department of National Defense airbase built during the Second World War.
From YAZ it is a 45-minute scenic flight across Vancouver Island and the Georgia Straight to the South Terminal at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).