We are well into 2018 and there is no shortage of great news from the first part of the year—from the recent launch of our new partner Hainan Airlines and its service to Tianjin and Shenzhen to the announcement of Phase 2 construction for the Designer Outlet Centre, and much more.
And now, with the summer season upon us, we are getting ready for YVR’s busiest period ever. We expect to move more than 80,000 people and 100,000 bags on peak days during this time, and we will do this while our teams work on some of YVR’s largest construction projects to date—all while ensuring that our passengers have an enjoyable airport experience. Thankfully, the YVR team has been hard at work developing innovative solutions to ensure we are ready for the summer crowds.
For instance, to make sure we move the large numbers of bags, we recently completed the high-speed baggage backbone project. This project connects 25 kilometres of baggage systems and can move a bag to anywhere in the terminal in under 30 minutes. It not only allows us to track every bag, ensuring we reduce the chance of lost luggage, but also creates a more efficient transfer process for our connecting traffic.
We launched our new CHECKITEXPRESS bag drop system, which we developed with our partner Glidepath. The new system, available at Air Canada’s domestic check-in, is the world’s most accessible, efficient and intuitive self-service bag drop. It’s another great example of innovation at work—alleviating congestion by reducing check in times and taking up less space. We look forward to the success of this product and rolling it out in more locations.
We recently launched our newest parking option: Value Long Term, located at Templeton Station on the Canada Line. This parking lot will ensure that we continue to offer a range of products for our passengers. It’s a short, free train ride from the terminal and contains a range of features including electric vehicle charging stations, covered walkways and an enclosed bus station.
You may also notice a number of construction projects taking place this summer. This includes the creation of our new Parkade and Central Utilities Building, which will go next to the current Parkade, the expansion of our international terminal pier and the construction of Runway End Safety Areas on our North Runway. These projects will ensure that we continue to offer a great airport experience for our passengers and partners, while addressing our exceptional growth.
Our teams are hard at work to ensure we minimize any disruptions from these projects and I want to thank you, beforehand, for your understanding and patience. We are building the future airport, one project at a time, and I look forward to sharing this progress with our many passengers this summer and beyond.