YVR’s commercial services are an important part of our business model because they help offset costs and keep fees low for our partners.And 2016 was a strong year, with sales up 12 per cent and overall revenue up 9.1 per cent over 2015. We opened new stores, improved our transportation system and continued to offer great deals and fun events for the community.
To make way for YVR’s new offerings, we undertook construction throughout the terminal in 2016 and we recognize that this impacted our passengers and partners. For most of the year, there were limited full-service dining options for passengers in the International Departures area, but with the recent launch of our new partner Lift Bar & Grill we are pleased to offer an exciting new dining experience. We have also added new specialty retail programs in the Transborder and Domestic areas and look forward to their success.