We see a lot of people here at Vancouver International Airport. How many? Well, YVR is the second-busiest airport in Canada and our numbers have been steadily growing for the past 20 years. Since 1992 the number of passengers that travel through the airport has almost doubled from around 9 million annually to 17.5 million in 2012.
The ORBIS DC-10-10 aircraft is a Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), the world’s only airborne ophthalmic training facility.
YVR has offered many first over the years. First airport in Canada to offer free wifi, first to launch Automated Passport Control, and now we've added another innovative first to the list by teaming up with Fairmont Vancouver Airport for Afternoon Tea Express.
With the popularity of our Canada from the Air promotion, we have been receving alot of incredible photo submissions from across the country. But the nature of the contest restricts the content being submitted. Yes, we get to see the sprawling, wondrous landscape of Canada from 1,000 feet and wingtips aplenty, but the birds themselves are taking a backseat to breathtaking scenery.
Cruisers are a unique visitor to Vancouver, often arriving and departing within 24 hours, our fair city a pit stop on their way to the high seas and onwards to Alaska. A fair amount of folks even arrive on the same day as their cruise departs, touching down in the AM and shoving off in the PM. And for a select group of these travellers arriving directly from the United States, US Direct has significantly streamlined this process.
Constructed by the federal goverment in 1943 as part of the wartime effort to serve as housing for employees of the nearby Boeing manufacturing plant, Burkeville earned its moniker through a naming competition by Boeing employees. The competition resulted in the selection of Burkeville as a name, after the president of Boeing Canada at the time, Stanley Burke.
The theme for this year's Tourism Richmond Service Awards was Up-Up and Away - Taking Service to New Heights, so maybe it was fitting that Vancouver Airport Authority came away with Partner of the Year at the annual gala to recognize great service in the industry, held Wednesday at the River Rock.
The airport greeted more than 17.6 million passengers last year, and a lot of those folks needed to be pointed in the right direction.
Each month we pick a specific aircraft type to be featured as our Aircraft of the Month. We try and give you some insight in to its use at YVR as well as provide specifications for aviation buffs. This month our aircraft is an Airbus A330-300.
This month marks 30 years of Cathay Pacific service at YVR.