(photo credit G. Sambrook)
This year marks the ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For many, this day is engrained in our memories -the uncertainty, the confusion, the fear, and ultimately the strength that poured out as our communities came together.
As North American airspace closed for the first time in aviation history, all aircraft destined to the U.S. over the North Pacific were ordered to land at points within Western Canada, primarily at Vancouver International Airport. In total, YVR received 34 diverted aircraft, carrying a combined total of more than 8,000 passengers all which found themselves stranded in an extraordinary, unexpected situation for several days.
YVR was able to safely manage this unprecedented situation through the collaboration of the airport community and members of the public. The resulting successes with airfield and passenger facilitation would not have been possible without the exceptional dedication and support of YVR staff, volunteers and our local community.
A short ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 at The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe sculpture, Departures Level in the International Terminal.