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YVR Countdown to 25 Million

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On December 18th, YVR will welcome our record-setting 25-millionth passenger through the terminal for 2018. To celebrate this important milestone we are counting down the days leading up to YVR 25 Million with exciting giveaways, in-terminal experiences and so much more! We couldn't have reached this important milestone without help from our amazing airport community. YVR supports 24,000 jobs on Sea Island and 100,000 jobs across British Columbia and we want to take this opportunity to recognize our airport partners, incredible community and of course, our passengers. 

Follow our social media channels and this space for all the latest and be sure to use #YVR25Million to enter to win the grand prize!

Day 1

Today we kick off the countdown to 25 Million by giving away a $2500 travel voucher! You can enter by visiting our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts and telling us where you love to travel. You can also enter to win the Grand Prize on social media by sharing your favourite place to flyand using the hashtag #YVR25Million. Winner will be announced on December 18th! 

Day 2

For Day 2 we celebrate our regional airline partners and recognize the incredibly important role Airport South plays in connecting BC proudly to the world and reaching 25 million passengers. We are pleased to partner with Pacific Coastal Airlines to give away two round trip tickets to Tofino! Official contest can be found on our Facebook page. 

Day 3

Today is all about parking! We are celebrating all of our amazing parking options at YVR by giving away three sets of 250,000 Aeroplan miles. Follow us on twitter for your chance to win! Did you know you can reserve your parking spot in advance online at yvr/ca.parking and receive the lowest possible rate. Plan ahead and have a parking plan!

Day 4

For Day 4 of 25 Million we’re partnering with HMSHost to say thanks by treating our passengers to free offerings of our food and beverage all over the terminal! This morning, we are handing out vouchers accepted at Starbucks, Burger King, White Spot, Brioche Doree, Famous Famiglia, Canucks Bar & Grill and Stanley Park. In addition, the team at HMSHost have prepared a special treat for all those beer lovers. In 2018, HMSHost developed its only beer with the Brew Master at Stanley Park Brewing. Wheels Up is a great West Coast IPA and available only at HMSHost locations in YVR. Between 3 and 6 p.m. today, stop by Stanley Park Taphouse, White Spot or Canucks Bar & Grill to meet their team and try a sample of this unique brew. You can also visit our Facebook page for a chance to win $250 YVR Bucks.

Day 5

For Day 5 of 25 Million we've partnered with NAV Canada - the choreographer of the skies and the people responsible for getting us safely to our destinations whether that starts at YVR or ends here. So far this year, they've managed over 200,000 aircraft movements at our airport. This accounts for over 19,000,000 passengers and 250,000 tonnes of cargo in just the first 9 months. Curious about how they do this or simply want to learn more? Here's your opportunity! We are giving away a behind the scenes tour for four inside the tower, which boasts arguably the best view of YVR. Visit our Instagram page to find out how you can enter. 

Day 6

On Day 6 YVR went to the dogs! We celebrated in the terminal with our partners at PADS and gave away a posh, puppy spa package and an in-kind donation to our incredible community partners. Did you know dogs play an integral role in airport operations? Security dogs, runway dogs, ambassador dogs, assistance animals and of course our puppy passengers - K9s are a vital part of YVR.

Day 7

For Day 7 we're highlighting the exciting construction projects underway and the many people that make it happen! We are well-positioned to meet our goal of serving 29 million passengers by 2020 and beyond, and are expanding to meet this demand. As a community contributor and economic driver, YVR’s growth supports significant jobs and drives business activity in BC and across Canada. To learn more about our current construction program, check out at and follow us on Facebook for a chance to win a YVR Safety & Tool Kit today!

Day 8

Our partner for Day 8 of YVR's Countdown to 25 Million is Canucks Autism Network! This incredible community organization assist families living with autism and helps people fly with less stress. We've got a hockey stick signed by the whole Canucks squad to give away and two free tickets to watch the Canucks in action against Nashville. 

Day 9

We love our airport community and as we grow to 25 million passengers we are committed to providing a safe environment on Sea Island for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Our partner for Day 9 is HUB Cycling! HUB makes biking better in our community through action, events and education. We are giving away a sweet, cycling prize pack on our Facebook page to promote this incredible community organization and celebrate their contributions to safe cycling on Sea Island.

Day 10

Today, we’re celebrating YVR’s sustainability efforts with our partner ChopValue. At YVR, we strive to be a leader in environmental management, focused on reducing greenhouse gas emission, waste and potable water consumption as well as improving ecosystem health. ChopValue takes our recycled chopsticks and converts them into high-performance material used for designs, products and more. If you’re at YVR today, make sure you stop by the Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe (across from the international food court) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to win some great prizes or head to Instagram for a chance to win a furniture and décor prize pack.

Day 11

On Day 11 on the countdown to YVR 25 Million, we are celebrating our baggage operations! Welcoming 25 million passengers also means handling 25 million bags. On a busy day, our baggage system, airline partners and baggage handlers manage 85,000 bags. It takes a team of people and dynamic integrated systems to move luggage within the terminal, on and off planes, across the country and throughout the world. YVR has more than 4800 conveyors that integrate to create a baggage system that is 32 km long. That is longer than the distance between YVR and Waterfront Station and back! Head to our Instagram page today to find out how you can win a luggage set valued at over $1,000. 

Day 12

For Day 12 of YVR 25 Million, we are going big! YVR just received the first gold certification from the Rick Hansen Foundation which has confirmed we are one of the most accessible buildings in Canada. In celebration of our achievements in accessibility, that we could not have earned without the help of our many airport partners, we've donated $5,000 to buy a sit ski for Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports to help make the mountains accessible to all this winter season!

Day 13

Day 13 of our countdown to YVR 25 Million brings the holiday cheer with the 8th annual YVR Holiday Hamper Drive, in partnership with Quest Food Exchange. Every year the airport community comes together to donate full holiday meals for families in need, which helps achieve Quest's goal of reducing hunger with dignity. Stop by the Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe between 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. to drop off your completed hamper, and you can enter to win a $500 Uniglobe travel voucher. Can't make it to the airport? Head over to our Facebook page to find out how you can win today's prize of $250 YVR Bucks. 

Day 14

Day 14 of YVR's Countdown to 25 Million is all about our Wildlife Management teams! We share Sea Island with all sorts of animals and there are several organizations and individuals who help manage the wildlife and keep everybody safe. We will be giving away $250 YVR Bucks to one lucky passenger and highlighting the amazing people and programs behind these efforts all day long. 

Day 15

YVR donates over $1 million to the local community each year and on Day 15 of YVR 25 Million, we are celebrating Vancouver Opera and Bard on the Beach. Our incredible local arts scene contributes to the vibrancy of our city and airport and draws people from all over the world to Vancouver and through YVR. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram today for a chance to win some sweet prizes!

Day 16

Day 16 of YVR 25 Million brings us relaxation and pampering. Did you know that YVR has 5 Absolute Spa locations throughout the terminal? Today we’re here to tell you how we can help you relax right at the start of your trip. From chair massages to manicures and pedicures, your vacation starts at YVR. Head over to YVR’s Instagram page to learn how you can win a gift basket from Absolute Spa worth $350!

Day 17

Today, we are highlighting our amazing partners at CATSA who help process almost all of our departing passengers. They have played an integral role in reaching 25 million passengers safely— and that is our top priority. To learn more about CATSA, check out their website and some helpful tips to get through security efficiently, check out our blog post and follow us on Twitter for a chance to win a carry-on travel kit. 

Day 18

On Day 18, we’re celebrating our partners at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. A quick trip on the Canada Line to Templeton Station and shoppers can find year-round savings of up to 70%. Did you know that Vancouver Airport Authority holds a 50% investment in the centre, making it an innovative source of non-aeronautical revenue, which helps to offset costs and keeps fees low for our partners? Head over to Instagram to find out how you can walk away with one of two $250 McArthurGlen gift cards… just in time for the holiday season.

Day 19

Day 19 is all about recognizing our partners in aviation security. There are so many incredible people and organizations that work together to help keep the airport and community safe. To celebrate we are giving away a chance to "watch over the city" with a sightseeing your from Harbour Air!

Day 20

On Day 20 we celebrate our friendship with Musqueam Indian Band! There will be weaving demonstrations and live music at YVR that reflects the beautiful, traditional artwork of Musqueam and we will celebrate the important YVR-Musqueam Friendship and Sustainability agreement. 

Day 21

Today we are recognizing our amazing retail partner Vancouver Duty Free who offers great everyday savings on a wide range of local products, souvenirs and travel retail products not available in local, retail stores. When you shop at Vancouver Duty Free, you’ll enjoy the added benefit of paying no tax and no duty—with fantastic savings on popular items such as liquor, perfume, watches, jewellery, accessories, candy, travel-related items and much more. 

Day 22

On Day 22 of YVR 25 Million, we’re celebrating one of our most important partners, Air Canada. More than 50 airlines fly through YVR, but no airline moves more people in and out of YVR than Air Canada, who account for almost 50% of all our passenger traffic! To celebrate their launching of new seasonal service to Lihue, Hawaii, we’re giving away two round-trip tickets on the route. To find out how to win, check out our Facebook page! 

Day 23

Today we are recognizing our amazing hotel partner Fairmont Vancouver Airport, the only soundproofed, luxury hotel and spa conveniently located within YVR. Situated directly above the US departures terminal, the hotel is only a two-minute stroll from the luggage carousels. Recently voted the #1 Airport Hotel in North America for the fifth year in a row at the Skytrax World Airport Awards, this AAA / CAA 4-diamond Vancouver luxury airport hotel boasts breathtaking mountain, ocean and runway views, award-winning dining options in Jetside Bar and restaurant Globe@YVR, as well as 8,880 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool, health club and full service spa. Fairmont Vancouver Airport is designed for the discerning traveler combining convenience and first-class amenities with exceptional service and a sophisticated approach to modern travel.  

Day 24

On this day we celebrate ALL of the people who make YVR special. There are so many individuals who go beyond, every day to make the airport experience as amazing as possible, these are our YVR Stars. You can nominate somebody to be a YVR Star and be entered to win a $1000 WestJet travel voucher. Fill out the form, recognize a peer or somebody who went the extra mile. 

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