AviationUS$6.83-billion expansion programme ongoing.

Vancouver airport hits 25M passengers earlier than forecasted in 2018

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Vancouver International Airport and Fraser River. Photo Credit: JosefHanus/Getty Images
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The Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA), which operates YVR, projects to serve 29 million passengers targeted 2020 and 32 million passengers by 2022. 

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) served its 25-millionth passenger last Dec. 18, hitting the milestone two years ahead of forecast and paving the way for accelerated growth.

The Vancouver Airport Authority (VAA), which operates YVR, projects to serve 29 million passengers targeted 2020 and 32 million passengers by 2022. 

YVR has also updated its targets to facilitate the movement of 327,000 tonnes of cargo and serve 144 destinations by 2020.

YVR presently connects people and businesses to 127 non-stop destinations worldwide. Each new flight through YVR creates hundreds of jobs and contributes millions of dollars in economic benefit to the province, VAA said.

The growth was also attributed to three years of air service development due to ConnectYVR—YVR’s five-year aeronautical rates and charges programme. 

ConnectYVR rewards airlines for growing their services at YVR as a means to create more jobs, increase access to global destinations, and open additional markets for goods from British Columbia.

To sustain the growth, YVR embarked on an ambitious 20-year, C$9.1 billion (US$6.83 billion) expansion programme last year. 

“Growth at YVR is good for the region and the province of British Columbia.  Each new flight brings substantial impact, creating hundreds of jobs and providing millions of dollars in economic benefit across the province,” VAA president and CEO Craig Richmond said.

Destinations in British Columbia likewise welcomed the development.

“As an integral part of the tourism industry, YVR has demonstrated time and again their commitment to celebrating Vancouver’s global brand by growing and improving their facilities to be the preferred hub for global travellers to our region,” Tourism Vancouver president and CEO Ty Speer said.

“As British Columbia’s primary gateway for air travellers, YVR plays an integral role in bringing visitors to all parts of our province,” Destination British Columbia CEO Marsha Walden said.


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