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Old May 30th, 2012, 08:59 AM   #181
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Old June 23rd, 2012, 08:51 AM   #182
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Sichuan Airlines launches inaugural flight to Vancouver, enters N. American market
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VANCOUVER, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Sichuan Airlines flew into the Vancouver market, on its inaugural flight Friday, becoming the first carrier to link western China with Canada.

For the Chengdu-based carrier, the Vancouver line designed to be three times a week, which includes a stopover in Shenyang, is its eighth international route and first foray into the North American market.

The carrier's entry into the Canadian market comes at an opportune time as Chinese visitors to the country have increased dramatically after it received Approved Destination Status (ADS) from China in June 2010.

Last year, its first full year of the ADS, 242,000 Chinese travelers visited Canada. The Canadian Tourism Commission is forecasting the number of Chinese arrivals to jump 21.3 percent this year and 25.2 percent in 2013.

With Sichuan Airlines entering a crowded Vancouver market that is already serviced by Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, in addition to Hong Kong carrier Cathay Pacific and Air Canada, the availability of more flights would only foster greater tourism and business travel, said Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast.

"For me as trade minister, it's really important that we allow business between Canada and China to take place in a more expedited manner," said Fast, who is also the Asia-Pacific Gateway minister.

"We want to make sure that people who are doing business between Canada and China can do so efficiently with convenient flights to and from our respective countries, and I think in the future it bodes very well for deepening our trade and investment relationship, as well as our people-to-people ties."

China is now Canada's second largest trading partner after the United States as the two countries recorded a two-way merchandise trade of 65 billion Canadian dollars (65 billion U.S. dollars) in 2011, partly fuelled by a 27 percent rise in Canadian exports to China.

"This route has real opportunity for both China and Canada," said Lan Xinguo, chairman of Sichuan Airlines, who arrived on the inaugural flight carrying 245 passengers aboard an Airbus 330 jet. The total flight time, with the Shenyang stopover, was 12 hours and 50 minutes.

"We can provide opportunities for each other in agriculture, education and tourism areas in the future," Lan said.

A report said the Vancouver airport was losing 950,000 passengers annually to airports in Seattle and Bellingham in the bordering Washington State, mainly for cheaper airfares to American destinations such as Hawaii, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, among others.

But according to the British Columbia Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, arrivals of Chinese nationals were up 24.9 percent to 25,598 in the first quarter of 2012 compared to a year earlier. In addition, the arrivals of Chinese nationals have increased 40 percent at the Vancouver airport since the 2010 ADS approval.

"Certainly to the economy of the airport, it (the Sichuan Airlines arrival) is very important, because there's landing fees and other shopping experience that go with this," Larry Berg, president and chief executive officer of Vancouver Airport Authority, told Xinhua.

"We have 61 flights a week now between Vancouver and China, including Hong Kong, so that's probably about the most of any airport in North America."

The international trade minister also said he had been in discussion with Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney about making it easier for Chinese visitors to get visas to ensure there is a "plan going forward to leverage these new flights" into significant economic growth.

He added there had also been talks of encouraging more Canadians to visit China with the increased flights.

"It should be a two-way street and so we're going to continue to work hard, especially through the Canadian Tourism Commission, to also let the public know about the opportunity to visit an incredible country, and a very diverse country that offers so much for tourists," he said.
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Old May 18th, 2013, 01:10 AM   #183
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From YVR

See more of the new YVR-MUC route on YVR's website:
http://yvr.ca/en/blog/PhotoGallery.a...0from%20Munich
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Old May 18th, 2013, 02:11 AM   #184
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How long should we hope for the new route to work?
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 08:11 AM   #185
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How long should we hope for the new route to work?
Unfortunately it's a seasonal route, but who knows, maybe if it is successful LH will extend it to a thrice weekly service. LH is afterall, beginning to put more emphasis on MUC-hub (especially with increasing restrictions and congestion at FRA).

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YVR celebrates arrival of new seasonal non-stop Vancouver - Munich route
May 16, 2013

Richmond, B.C. (May 16, 2013): Vancouver Airport Authority today welcomed Lufthansa’s new daily seasonal non-stop service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Munich Airport (MUC), the only non-stop route from Vancouver to Munich. Starting today, the service will operate until October 5, 2013 and will join Lufthansa’s well-performing Vancouver-Frankfurt route.

A primary hub connecting more than 285 destinations, Munich is one of Vancouver’s top ten European markets for passengers departing and arriving from YVR. It is estimated that the Vancouver-Munich route will create 131 new jobs and will contribute 8.7 million dollars to B.C.’s GDP during its initial six month daily service, while also bringing nearly 15,000 visitors to B.C. The new service will also provide opportunities for local businesses and organizations to directly reach customers, suppliers and investors in Europe.

The new Vancouver-Munich route marks Lufhtansa’s 30 years of service to Vancouver International Airport and bolsters YVR’s trans-Atlantic offerings for travellers and businesses. During the summer peak period, YVR’s current European services operate at over 90 per cent passenger capacity.

About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 17.6 million passengers in 2012, facilitated 261,000 takeoffs and landings and handled 227,000 tonnes of cargo. Sixty-eight airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2012, donated over $650,000 to community organizations. We are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.



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Old October 27th, 2013, 07:23 PM   #186
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YVR (VAG) corporate strategy?

Can anyone hazard a guess (or actually know) just what is the corporate strategy of YVR (VAG) in owning some very marginally performing airports? I'll just use one airport to illustrate my point. Hamilton, Ontario, YHM is located within close proximity to YYZ-YXU-BUF-IAG all of which offer fierce competition. Toronto in particular, have a stranglehold on domestic business travel and offer un-rivalled direct and non-stop international routes and connections.

I don't know much about their international holdings except that only one of VAG's UK airports (LPL) does any thing like a reasonable amount of business but, and yet again, LPL seems to be stymied by a very close major airport, MAN. Maybe the Cypriot airports offer some sort of growth potential but VAG's Caribbean and Bahamian airports are, thankfully, not dependent on their Canadian holdings for business.

I would be interested in any ideas as to my question.
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Old June 12th, 2015, 02:06 PM   #187
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Vancouver airport customs breach blamed on Air Canada employee
3 passengers bypassed customs after travellers were misdirected to domestic terminal
CBC News Excerpt
Jun 11, 2015

An Air Canada employee is at fault for Sunday's customs security breach at Vancouver International Airport, officials there say.

Three passengers bypassed customs and left the airport when passengers on a flight landing from Beijing were misdirected to the domestic terminal.

While the Canada Border Services Agency attempts to track down the three individuals who left without getting cleared by customs, the airport says it's implemented new measures that will prevent the lapse from happening again.

"This is a very serious event," says Steve Hankinson, vice-president of operations and information technology at the airport.

"We have worked closely with [Canada Border Services Agency], Air Canada and RCMP to ensure this type of thing never happens again."

Hankinson says the issue came down to a set of doors not being properly managed.

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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:03 PM   #188
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What an embarrassing situation for YVR. I hope AC gets a big fine for that.
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Old July 22nd, 2015, 02:04 AM   #189
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Air Canada Adds Brisbane to its Expanding International Network

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  • The only year-round, non-stop flights between Canada and the capital city of Queensland, a major business hub and gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Australia's Gold Coast,
  • Complements Air Canada's year-round, daily non-stop flights to Sydney, Australia.


VANCOUVER, July 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Air Canada today announced the addition of new non-stop flights from Vancouver to Brisbane, Australia. Flights to Brisbane will initially operate three times weekly using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners beginning June 17, 2016, with the intention to increase to daily service, subject to obtaining the necessary government approvals.

"Air Canada continues to strategically expand its international network with the addition of our second Australian destination - Brisbane, capital of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia. The new route increases our presence in the Asia-Pacific market at a time when trade and travel in the region and between North America is growing, with a further boost expected from the Trans-Pacific Partnership now under negotiation. Already, Air Canada commits $2 billion worth of aircraft to the Pacific market each day and Brisbane is the third new Pacific route we have announced in the past year, after Toronto-Tokyo Haneda and Vancouver-Osaka," said Calin Rovinescu, Air Canada President and CEO, who is participating today in the 2015 Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Vancouver.

"We will be offering the only non-stop, year-round flights from Canada to Brisbane, a financial hub as well as a tourism gateway to Australia's Gold Coast and the Great Barrier Reef, using our Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The operating economics of the Dreamliner together with the efforts of the Vancouver Airport Authority who have maintained airport operating costs at levels among the lowest in Canada, have enabled us to grow our Vancouver hub," concluded Mr. Rovinescu.

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Old July 22nd, 2015, 09:00 AM   #190
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Old August 1st, 2015, 11:02 AM   #191
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BA will reduce LHR-YVR from 12 weekly to daily but will introduce the A380 on this flight from 1st May.
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 04:37 AM   #192
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Nice. Is the A380 year round or only for the summer?
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Old August 2nd, 2015, 05:05 AM   #193
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Nice. Is the A380 year round or only for the summer?
Year round services
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Old August 4th, 2015, 07:41 AM   #194
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From the press release, looks like its only A380 for the Summer Season confirmed. We'll see what happens when the winter schedule comes out.
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Old July 18th, 2016, 09:46 AM   #195
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YVR Happy Mexico will boost its Revenue

“Once the cumbersome regulations are lifted we anticipate visitor numbers from Mexico will increase,” said Richmond. “Whenever we ease entry requirements, add new flights or welcome larger aircraft, the entire province and ultimately country benefits from higher tourism spending, increased tax revenue and creation of new jobs.”

Five airlines offer non-stop service between YVR and Mexico: Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing, Air Transat and Aeromexico. Together the companies offer service to eight destinations, on nearly 70 weekly flights, and more than 564,000 annual seats.

YVR’s newest Mexican service was launched in May 2015, when Aeromexico began daily, non-stop flights to and from the nation’s capital – complementing Air Canada’s existing service on this route. Vancouver Airport Authority estimated the new service would add 160 jobs to the B.C. economy and nearly $10 million in Gross Domestic Product.

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Old July 20th, 2016, 01:26 PM   #196
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Proud to see that our airport has made it into the top list!
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Old July 25th, 2016, 05:45 PM   #197
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Is YVR the only major airport in the world that is pretty much fully carpeted?
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Old July 26th, 2016, 08:19 AM   #198
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Can anyone hazard a guess (or actually know) just what is the corporate strategy of YVR (VAG) in owning some very marginally performing airports? I'll just use one airport to illustrate my point. Hamilton, Ontario, YHM is located within close proximity to YYZ-YXU-BUF-IAG all of which offer fierce competition. Toronto in particular, have a stranglehold on domestic business travel and offer un-rivalled direct and non-stop international routes and connections.

I don't know much about their international holdings except that only one of VAG's UK airports (LPL) does any thing like a reasonable amount of business but, and yet again, LPL seems to be stymied by a very close major airport, MAN. Maybe the Cypriot airports offer some sort of growth potential but VAG's Caribbean and Bahamian airports are, thankfully, not dependent on their Canadian holdings for business.

I would be interested in any ideas as to my question.
The airports you mentioned that VAG owns appear very strong in general aviation which can be in itself quite a stable revenue source without the need for consistent heavy investments that major airports often require.
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Old August 1st, 2016, 08:27 PM   #199
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http://www.caac.gov.cn/XXGK/XXGK/TZT...726_39154.html

CZ plans 3 Weekly flights CAN-YVR-MEX.
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Old August 18th, 2016, 09:42 PM   #200
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Beijing Capital Airlines to YVR

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RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 17, 2016 /CNW/ – Vancouver International Airport (YVR) today announced that Beijing Capital Airlines (BCA) will begin service between Vancouver and Hangzhou, via Qingdao on December 30, 2016. The new, thrice-weekly service marks the first time Beijing Capital Airlines will fly to any destination in North America.
“We are thrilled Beijing Capital Airlines has chosen YVR as its first entry point into North America,” said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Beijing Capital Airlines is the sixth airline to serve YVR from mainland China – two more than any other airport in North America or Europe. It is a true testament to YVR’s position as a connecting hub to the Asia-Pacific region, and to YVR’s competitiveness in attracting new carriers.”
The new route between YVR and Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport (HGH) via Qingdao Liuting International Airport (TAO) will be flown on an Airbus 330, with seating for 222 passengers including 36 in business class and 186 in economy.
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