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YVR Unveils Public Observation Area

July 16, 2009

July 16, 2009 - 10:00 AM

Unobstructed Airfield Views and Interactive Exhibits Await Visitors to YVR

Vancouver Airport Authority today unveiled its new Public Observation Area at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Featuring interactive exhibits and unobstructed views of the airfield out to the Strait of Georgia, the Observation Area is set to become a destination for travellers, meeters and greeters and members of the public.

Located in the public, pre-security area of the Domestic Terminal and free for all visitors, the 500 square metre space allows the community to experience both the workings of an international airport and the beauty of Sea Island.

"It's been more than 30 years since we've had a space where the community can connect with its airport," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "We're delighted to unveil this new space, which offers a window on the world of aviation at YVR."

Occupying centre space in the Observation Area is a scale model of Sea Island, providing a bird's-eye view of YVR's island home. Information panels along 42 metres of floor-to-ceiling windows tell the story of YVR, and telescopes mounted at the window provide a closer look at YVR's active airfield.

Interactive touch-screen kiosks illustrate different aspects of YVR, including stories about the people who work here, the airport's past, present and future growth, and the unique features that make YVR one of the best airports in the world. Additionally, the Observation Area is home to the BC Explorer, a user-controlled, simulated flight experience over British Columbia, on loan from the Province of B.C.

These exhibits, combined with the new food and beverage concessions and retail shops located one floor below on Level 3, make the Domestic Terminal a destination for people looking for a day out with family and friends. With the launch of Canada Line rapid transit service between Vancouver, Richmond and YVR this summer, getting out to the airport to enjoy the Observation Area will be quick and convenient.

The Public Observation Area is among several construction projects in the Airport Authority's $1.4-billion capital program that will be completed on time and under budget in 2009, in time for the 2010 Winter Games.

Also available:

High-resolution photographs; email media_relations@yvr.ca
Observation Area fact sheet

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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