Yesterday, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) welcomed the inaugural flight of Air Canada’s new route between YVR and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The nonstop year-round service will arrive at YVR daily and is timed strategically to connect DFW travellers to Air Canada’s Asian flights out of YVR.
“This signals the growing trend of airlines taking advantage of YVR’s seamless connection process. It’s great to see our partner, Air Canada, continue to promote Vancouver as their preferred transpacific hub,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This new route will also provide our passengers with further access to one of the global superhub airports, furthering business and tourism opportunities for both cities.”
This route uses the Air Canada Express’ 75-seat, Wi-Fi equipped Bombardier CRJ-705 aircraft, offering business and economy seating and on-demand touch screen entertainment to every passenger. This new service benefits the local economy by creating 53 jobs at the airport and at hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. In addition, the service contributes $3.5 million to B.C.’s GDP.
“We are delighted to launch our newest transborder route from Vancouver to Dallas. Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the USA, and it is a popular destination with Canadians for both business and leisure,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines, Air Canada. “Our Dallas flights are timed to ensure convenient connections from our wide array of domestic and international flights at our Vancouver hub.”
DFW is the third largest airport in the world in terms of operations and tenth in terms of passengers, serving more than 65 million passengers. Along with being a superhub, this airport provides access to the city of Dallas which is the ninth largest in the U.S. and has a robust business climate being home to 21 Fortune 500 companies.
New services such as this are made possible thanks to YVR’s new five-year rates and charges program, ConnectYVR. The program provides a highly competitive rate structure and includes rates lower than any other major airport in Canada and competing US airports.