Twenty years ago this month, YVR became one of the first four airports in Canada to transfer from federal government control to administration by a local, community-based, not-for-profit organization. Back in the 1980s, a number of committed leaders spent years of their time, energy and expertise in negotiating the transfer of our airport from Ottawa into the hands of British Columbians. They were trail blazers, who thought on a grand scale and believed in a bold vision.
Since 1992, when the Airport Authority assumed responsibility for the airport, passenger traffic has increased more than 71% from 9.9 million passengers, and cargo has increased nearly 55% from 144,000 tonnes. The past 20 years have brought significant change to our infrastructure as well, including the addition of the north runway, international terminal, and Canada Line.
Today, 62 airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to 99 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
Our successes over the past two decades are due in large part to partnerships and planning. However, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank not only our own 400 Airport Authority employees, but the 23,600 people who, every day, are dedicated to making YVR one of the best airports in the world. Happy Anniversary, Vancouver Airport Authority!