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Old February 15th, 2005, 12:57 AM   #1
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YVR | Vancouver International Airport

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Harmony Airways, which hired Jackie Chan for their advertisements.


An old relic from Canadian Airlines, but it still survives well into 2003 at Gate 20.
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Old February 15th, 2005, 01:20 AM   #2
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interesting do you have more photos from the interior of the terminals?
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Old March 24th, 2005, 11:46 PM   #3
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Good Going Vancouver!

Congrats to Vancouver, who's airport is in the world top ten. A nice airport for sure.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 04:15 AM   #4
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Anyone knows any detail about their future expansion, because I read that they are planning on expanding the international terminal due to 2010 Olympics.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 09:28 AM   #5
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YVR must seize Asian markets, airport boss says
Old paradigm of limited route rights must change if Canada is to stay competitive

Jenny Lee
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Thursday, March 24, 2005

The number of passengers through Vancouver International Airport increased almost 10 per cent to 15.7 million in 2004, with the biggest growth coming from Asia-Pacific traffic.

"Our strategic plan sees YVR as a premier global gateway for passengers and cargo between the Americas and Asia -- seizing the advantage of YVR's strategic geographic location closer to Asia than other West Coast cities," said airport chief executive Larry Berg at a Vancouver Board of Trade lunch Wednesday.

He said the airport authority will attend talks next month between Canada and China aimed at easing flight restrictions between the two countries.

"Our objective will be to allow more carriers to serve the two countries with greater frequencies," Berg told reporters after his speech.

Current policy limits Canada-China flights to two carriers and 15 flights per country, per week. "Airlines like Harmony aren't flying into China because Air Canada consumes 14 of the 15 frequencies," Berg said.

Chinese carriers are similarly being turned away.

Berg said that 60 per cent of Canada's international aviation treaties don't allow foreign carrier access to Vancouver, and that the old paradigm of limited route rights and frequencies "must change if Canada is to remain competitive in a global economy."

"We need foreign carrier access to Vancouver, and we need to ensure that air agreements include so-called fifth freedom rights," he said. "Those fifth freedom rights are essential to make the gateway work. They are what allow a foreign carrier to fly beyond Vancouver to the U.S. market."

In January, China granted Canada "Approved Destination Status," facilitating travel by Chinese tourists to Canada.

"Tourism B.C. has predicted that we could see 300,000 tourists by 2010, compared to last year's 75,000 Chinese visitors. . . . But we need to liberalize the air agreement so that visitors from China are going to be able to get here," Berg said.

"It's up to us -- the Airport Authority, the Board of Trade, this community -- to make sure that the window of opportunity doesn't close on us."

Berg also called for a more liberal air agreement with the U.S., and spoke enthusiastically about NEXUS Air, a 17-month pilot project to speed the U.S.-Canada customs and immigration process for frequent travellers.

"Building a bigger and bigger customs hall is not the solution to border congestion. Using technology and doing it smarter is the solution," he said. Pre-approved travellers receive a card that will allow them to be processed in as little as 60 seconds, using iris recognition.

By 2044, Vancouver International Airport will have 500,000 takeoffs and landing per year, or one plane coming or going every minute. The airport authority projects 45 million passengers, or triple the current passenger volume. Air cargo will increase to 1.3 million tonnes, or five times today's figure.

More than 1,000 new direct jobs are created for every additional one million passengers.

To handle the anticipated growth, YVR has plans for $1.4 billion in improvements over the next decade, Berg said. These include the $420-million expansion of its international terminal currently underway, and a $300-million contribution to the Richmond-Airport-Vancouver rapid transit line.

The airport also has a 20-year master plan for that contemplates additional runways, terminal reconfigurations, and transportation options connecting Sea Island with Vancouver, Richmond and the rest of B.C.

The Arthur Laing Bridge is at capacity during rush hour and handles more traffic than the Oak Street bridge, he said. The Arthur Laing Bridge was originally built to serve the airport, but now two-thirds of of bridge traffic comes from commuters. As possible solutions, he suggested twining the Arthur Laing, Airport Connector and Dinsmore bridges, considering a new tunnel connection to Vancouver, exclusive-use lanes from the airport terminal and cargo areas to Highway 99 and policies encouraging rapid transit.

Berg called for YVR's rent to be reduced by 50 per cent, and he is hoping the issue will be resolved and changes implemented in 2006.

"The assets at YVR were valued at $170 million at transfer, and we're paying $80 million in rent annually. That's a pretty high rate of return on investment."

As half the rent is paid by the airlines, half of any reduction would be "handed back to the airlines and would hopefully [translate] into lower passenger fares," he said.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 01:07 PM   #6
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YVR, one of my favourite airports! Gorgeous blue green interior
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Old March 25th, 2005, 05:05 PM   #7
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Aerial Photos anyone? Airliners.net only has 2.
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Old March 25th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #8
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Old May 6th, 2005, 08:33 PM   #9
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Good sized airport, considering it has land around to expand. Not heard too much about this airport, although it ranks consistently among passengers as one of the best in north america.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:05 AM   #10
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One of the nicest control towers in the world ive ever seen... Some are really ugly, like Heathrow.
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Old May 15th, 2005, 09:48 AM   #11
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Old May 25th, 2005, 06:13 AM   #12
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http://www.yvr.ca/authority/airmail/index.asp?id=183

Spring Issue 2005


YVR Says Goodbye to the Old Control Tower

A familiar feature of Vancouver International Airport’s 1960s era terminal is going to disappear. The old control tower, built in 1967, is being dismantled over the next few months as part of the airport’s comprehensive seismic upgrading program.



In mid-June, Pacific Blasting & Demolition Ltd., a Burnaby-based company, will begin to remove the cab, or top of the tower. Once the cab has been removed, a tower crane will be fitted into the tower and a steel deck and scaffolding will be temporarily erected. As the icon comes down, all of the reusable materials, such as the concrete and steel, will be recycled.



The majority of the work will be done at night to avoid disruptions to airport operations. The demolition will take place seven days a week and is scheduled to last until the end of September. Although preparatory work is already underway, visible changes won’t be evident until early next month.



Though not in use since 1996, when it was replaced by the new control tower, the old tower is one of the last remaining features of the terminal that opened in 1968. It was most recently the home of Phil Reimer, one of Vancouver’s most popular radio weathermen, who provided the Lower Mainland with weather updates live from YVR. Although Phil will no longer be broadcasting from the tower, he will continue to provide listeners with updates from a new location at YVR.
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Old May 25th, 2005, 06:29 AM   #13
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AIRPORT FISH
The latest expansion at Vancouver International Airport to accommodate the new Airbus A380 will also accommodate marine life. Building on the YVR tradition of creating an airport with a distinctive west coast feel, a new wing for the International Terminal Building will feature a large aquarium showcasing regional sea life. A stream will run through the centre of the terminal and a jellyfish tank will be located in the rotunda.



Vancouver International Airport Authority has developed a 10-year, $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure YVR meets the growing demands for air travel, and continues developing the airport as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia. The program's projects are designed to accommodate the 23 million passengers projected at YVR by 2013, as well as handle the newer, larger aircraft of the future.

The major projects in the Airport Authority's capital program, listed below, are expected to generate 5,200 person-years of employment and $525-million in direct GDP.
$420 million International Terminal Expansion and Upgrades
$352 million Information Technology and Sustaining Capital
$300 million RAV Line (Airport Spur Portion)
$150 million Domestic Terminal Upgrades
$ 65 million Airfield Projects
$ 60 million Baggage System Upgrades
$ 55 million Roads & Parking
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^Wow! When any other information or pictures is availible on the YVR expansion, please post here. Also, where will the expansion be, how big etc..
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Old May 25th, 2005, 09:46 AM   #15
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^ Should I also add in that the airport is planning to fill in the ocean to put in a fourth runway by 2025? The terminal expansions are 9 additional international gates and 12 additional domestic gates, by 2008. I don't know about domestic, but the international gates are being built on the very eastern section of the international terminal.


this photo is from when the first phase of the expansion was still being constructed, almost finish though. you see a tower to the east, that's a hotel, and the space there will be the new international gates.





the airport currently has a capacity of 14 million/year and with expansions, YVR will have a capacity of 23 million/year by 2015.

and there's also the northlands development:
http://www.yvr.ca/pdf/authority/nort...an_phase34.pdf
http://www.yvr.ca/pdf/authority/nort...nceptImage.pdf




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Not bad.
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A 4th runway? I thought they had 2 paralel runway system?
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Old May 26th, 2005, 01:17 AM   #18
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A 4th runway? I thought they had 2 paralel runway system?
Airport officials say more capacity is needed. We currently have 3, we need a fourth in 20 years.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 01:30 AM   #19
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wow.. canadian airports look so cool.. i like em.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 01:56 AM   #20
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Should I also add in that the airport is planning to fill in the ocean to put in a fourth runway by 2025?
From the photo below, it looks like the third runway is not parallel with the other two parallel runways, but is rather a cross-wind runway. Would the potential fourth runway be parallel with the other two, allowing two landings and one take-off at a time or two take-offs and one landing at a time, or would it be parallel with the present cross-wind runway?

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