Vancouver International Airport will offer Canada’s first and only nonstop flight to China’s most populous province, Guangdong, next month after welcoming China Southern Airlines as the 68th carrier serving YVR.
The new thrice-weekly service to the city of Guangzhou begins June 15 and will offer not only increased options for passengers, but greater opportunities for business and for tourism – particularly given Canada’s recent Approved Destination Status from China. The service also supports British Columbia’s Pacific Gateway strategy, which targets a 75 per cent increase in the number of passengers travelling through YVR and a doubling of air cargo by 2010.
With China as B.C.’s second-largest trading partner, continuing to provide expanded air service to the country has been a key objective for Vancouver Airport Authority. As the closest North American airport to Asia, YVR has more frequencies to China than any other airport in North America.
In addition to the ease of travel offered by the new service, there are substantial economic spinoffs, including the creation of 44 person-years of employment and $2.2 million in wages and contribution of $3.5 million to British Columbia’s gross domestic product annually.
B.C.’s population has strong linkages to Guangdong as many new Canadians have roots in the Chinese province. Guangdong contributes approximately 12 per cent of China’s national economic output and is home to the production facilities and offices of a wide range of multinational and Chinese corporations.
China Southern Airlines’ YVR service will use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft, with capacity for 282 passengers. Flights will operate three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at 10:20 AM and departing nonstop to Guangzhou at 12 noon.