Victoria International Airport
Overview of Victoria Airport
The Victoria International Airport is a large metropolitan airport located about 14 miles from the city of North Saanich on Canada’s Saanich Peninsula. The airport was first established as Pat Bay Airport in 1914. The facility was primarily used by the military and had little more than a grass strip for a runway. When the 443 Helicopter Squadron began operations in the 1950s, the airport’s name was changed to Patricia Bay Airport. The name was officially changed to its present name in 1997.
Victoria International has three runways. All runways are covered with asphalt and the runways are 6,988, 5,027, and 5,001 feet in length. The airport’s main terminal has 10 gates and a baggage carousel for domestic and international passengers. The airport is currently undergoing a number of expansions, and has a long-term plan in place to complete new phases within the next 10 years. The Victoria International Airport’s art collection includes commissioned art, rotating art, and special exhibits on tier 1 and 2. The art is a collection of murals, wall hanging, banners, and paintings by local and international artists; some are donated by corporations and organizations.
The airport offers a number of services to make passenger flight as smooth as possible. The Redcoat Information Desk is staffed with a number of volunteers who greet customers and offer assistance in regards to traveling, area information, directions, ground, and flight information. The International Currency Exchange at Victoria International is one of the largest currency exchanges in the world. The center offers foreign exchange, insurance, banking machines, and international calling cards. The airport has complimentary Internet access kiosks for individuals who want to surf the Internet or check emails. Other services include a pet relief area, automated bank machines, telephone access machines for the hearing impaired, family room, children’s play area, and free baggage carts. Business workstations are equipped with televisions, business machines, and WiFi service.
Passengers flying from Victoria International should view the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority Website for a list of prohibited items in baggage and carry on luggage. Passengers should also have appropriate visas, and passport available. Information can be obtained through the U.S Customs or the Canadian Border websites.
Parking & Transportation
Victoria International offers short-term and daily, long-term parking. Parking is available in designated areas. Special needs parking is available for individuals with handicaps. Overflow parking is available on days when regular parking lots are full. Parking attendants are available to guide traffic upon entrance and exit. All parking areas are fully monitored with security cameras and guards. Taxi and shuttles are available at curbside, and handicapped accommodations are available for passengers in wheelchairs or motor scooters. Victoria International offers public transportation from the airport through a number of companies such as BC Transit, Greyhound Bus Line, Pacific Coach Lines, VIA Rail Canada, and BC Ferries. Rental car companies are located right across from the information desk. Avis, Budget, Hertz, and National all serve Victoria International. Enterprise rents cars but does not have a counter at the airport. All rentals must be arranged in advance.