If January sets the tone for 2012, this will be an exciting year. Vancouver Airport Authority officially opened Canada’s first Ground Run-up Enclosure at Airport South on January 11 and we are busy making preparations for the arrival of Virgin Atlantic Airways in May.
Renovations are also underway in the International Terminal to bring a new duty free store to passengers in the first part of the year, and we are about to start making improvements to the remaining original part of the Domestic Terminal that dates back to 1968.
It’s important for the Airport Authority to keep YVR in tip-top shape so that airlines—like Virgin Atlantic—and passengers continue to use our facilities. YVR is a major employer and economic driver for the region and more direct, non-stop services create jobs and contribute to our province’s economy.
An airport requires continual maintenance and improvement…and not just in the terminal buildings. The runways and aprons require upkeep so that they are safe, and dykes and sewer systems need regular attention and upgrading in order to maintain our valuable infrastructure.
The community understands the importance of a successful airport: in our recent survey of Metro Vancouver residents, 91% agreed that the airport is vital to the economy of the Lower Mainland. We take our role in the community’s economic wellbeing seriously, and will be working hard this year to make YVR an airport B.C. can be proud of.