YVR celebrates 25 million annual passengers

On Dec. 18, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) served its 25 millionth annual passenger, two years ahead of forecast. This accelerated growth can be attributed to a strong B.C. economy and an impressive three years of air service development due to ConnectYVR–YVR’s five-year aeronautical rates and charges program. 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 B.C. goods.

YVR airport welcomes its 25 millionth passenger. YVR Photo
YVR airport welcomes its 25 millionth passenger. YVR Photo
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YVR is operated by Vancouver Airport Authority, a financially independent organization that is governed by a non-political board of directors appointed from the community. Every dollar earned by the Airport Authority is reinvested into the operation and growth of the airport to improve facilities, enhance services, reduce costs and support community initiatives. YVR’s unique operating model allows for greater support and investment in the community, thereby creating jobs and driving economic and social benefits.

YVR plays a significant role in the local, provincial and national economy–creating jobs and driving business activity. The airport supports 24,000 jobs on Sea Island and more than 100,000 jobs across the province. YVR’s operations–together with tourism and cargo–contribute more than $16 billion in total economic output, $8.4 billion in GDP and $1.4 billion in government revenue across B.C.

Growth projections show that YVR will serve 32 million passengers by 2022, with 29 million passengers targeted for 2020. YVR has also updated its targets to facilitate the movement of 327,000 tonnes of cargo and serve 144 destinations by 2020–currently YVR connects people and businesses to 127 nonstop destinations worldwide. Each new flight through YVR creates hundreds of jobs and contributes millions of dollars in economic benefit to the province.

To accommodate this continued growth, YVR embarked on an ambitious 20-year, $9.1 billion expansion program earlier this year. These expansion projects have additional significant economic and employment benefits in the region. Construction activities at YVR have created nearly 2,500 full-time construction jobs on Sea Island in 2018 and hundreds more offsite, and they are expected to sustain thousands of jobs for the next two decades.

“Growth at YVR is good for the region and the province of British Columbia,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Each new flight brings substantial impact, creating hundreds of jobs and providing millions of dollars in economic benefit across the province. We have been growing at an incredible pace and couldn’t have done this without help from our amazing airport community. We will continue to rely on our partners to deliver excellent customer experiences as we address this growth with our ambitious multi-billion-dollar construction program to build the airport of the future.”

Linda Keatings boarded her flight in Toronto and landed at YVR as the airport's 25 millionth passenger. She received one million Aeroplan miles from YVR as part of the celebration. YVR Photo
Linda Keatings boarded her flight in Toronto and landed at YVR as the airport’s 25 millionth passenger. She received one million Aeroplan miles from YVR as part of the celebration. YVR Photo

“YVR is located on Musqueam traditional lands and we are pleased to help welcome the 25 millionth passenger,” said Chief Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band. “We all benefit from this growth–our community has seen this first hand with our members filling many job openings in the last year. We are excited to continue to work with YVR to grow a mutually beneficial and respectful friendship.”

“We congratulate our partner YVR on their significant milestone of welcoming 25 million passengers!” said Mark Galardo, vice-president of network planning at Air Canada. “Air Canada has strategically built YVR as its premier trans-Pacific hub, having grown our capacity here by more than 52 per cent over the past five years, translating to more than 700,000 seats departing YVR this past August alone. Seamless connections through in-transit preclearance facilities and competitive elapsed flying times have helped make Air Canada and YVR a preferred option for trans-Pacific travel by efficiently connecting our extensive international flights from Asia, Australia, India, Europe, Caribbean and Mexico to our broad Canadian and North American network.”

“This is an incredible milestone,” said Marsha Walden, CEO, Destination British Columbia. “As British Columbia’s primary gateway for air travellers, YVR plays an integral role in bringing visitors to all parts of our province. And, as the best airport in North America, we know YVR is a special starting place for the extraordinary experiences our province offers global visitors.”

“We congratulate YVR on reaching their goal of serving 25 million passengers two years ahead of plan,” said Ty Speer, president and CEO, Tourism Vancouver. “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.”

“On behalf of Tourism Whistler, I would like to congratulate YVR for achieving this major milestone,” said Barrett Fisher, president and CEO, Tourism Whistler. “The team at YVR is an integral part of the British Columbia experience. For guests travelling to and from Whistler through the Vancouver International Airport, we always know they will start and end their journey with a wonderful impression of our destination.”

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