July 22, 2011 marks Vancouver International Airport’s 80th anniversary, and plans are underway to mark this special occasion.
From our designation as a Class A airport in the 1950s, to the jet-era in the 1960s, the first 747 run in the 1970s, Expo preparations in the 1980s, mass expansion of the 1990s and the Olympic Games in 2010, YVR has met demand and overcome unprecedented challenges to earn its reputation as world-class airport and key economic driver.
In 1931, a single runway and small, wood-frame administration building served 1,072 passengers. Today, YVR welcomes almost 17 million passengers annually and serves 120 international destinations. One constant, however, is the airport’s commitment to connecting B.C. to the world. And with the addition of new routes and services like China Southern’s Vancouver-Ghuangzhou route, YVR is poised for even more growth in the years to come.
Between now and July 22, keep an eye on our website for details on the free, public celebrations we’re planning to mark YVR’s big day.