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YVR Celebrates Completion of Expanded Domestic Terminal

July 09, 2009

July 9, 2009 - 10:00 AM

Facility Features Five New Gates, Expanded Retail Program and Original Artwork

Vancouver Airport Authority today celebrated the official opening of the expanded gate area (C-Pier) in Vancouver International Airport's Domestic terminal. Featuring five additional gates, expanded dining and shopping options and new pieces of original First Nations artwork, C-Pier will connect YVR with destinations across Canada.

The $113-million, 15,000 square-metre expansion is one of several construction projects in the Airport Authority's $1.4-billion capital program that will be completed on time and under budget in 2009. Used primarily by Air Canada, C-Pier's five new and three reconfigured gates can accommodate larger aircraft of the future. More than six million passengers are expected to travel through C-Pier in 2009, making it an important hub for domestic traffic, and a gateway to the 2010 Winter Games for Canadians across the country.

"As our largest expansion to YVR's Domestic terminal in 30 years, the completion of C-Pier marks a significant milestone in our capital program," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "These facilities will help us deliver an exceptional experience to our domestic travellers, while building upon our tradition of delivering a modern airport reflective of British Columbia's culture and character."

C-Pier's art and architecture celebrate the outdoor sporting and recreational lifestyle along the Sea to Sky Highway and the resort town of Whistler. Two new art installations by First Nations artist Steve Smith are displayed in the expansion: Freedom to Move features six large carved red cedar panels; and Sea to Sky is a collection of 12 ceremonial drums hung in the atrium at the western end of the expansion.

 
Passengers departing from C-Pier will enjoy a Whistler Village-inspired dining and shopping area with eight new stores and six food and beverage establishments. Those who wish to relax and enjoy the new facility can do so in one of the area's 800 comfortable seats, while travellers rushing to their gates are assisted by 185 metres of moving walkways. The Airport Authority's commitment to sustainability continues with C-Pier, which features LED inset taxiway lighting outside the terminal building, and motion-activated moving walkways and a solar-power heated hot water system inside.

"Among other benefits, the C-Pier extension will allow us to consolidate and operate all of our domestic flights from under one roof," said Calin Rovinescu, President and CEO of Air Canada. "Having the operation in C-Pier will make it more convenient for passengers connecting between our Jazz regional flights and our mainline flights. I also commend Vancouver Airport Authority for its practical and fiscally responsible approach to redevelopment and expansion. This has helped keep airport fees reasonable, which is very important in a cost-conscious business such as ours."

Vancouver Airport Authority's subsidiary company YVR Project Management, under the direction of President Ray Zibrik, managed the project. C-Pier was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airplane landing fees and the Airport Improvement Fee.

Also available:

B-roll footage; view the video here; email media_relations@yvr.ca for a copy.
High-resolution photographs; view photos here; email media_relations@yvr.ca for high-resolution files.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR welcomed 17.9 million people in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 70 airlines serve YVR, including scheduled carriers, charters, code share and cargo carriers which connect travellers to more than 130 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca

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