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Old February 25th, 2006, 02:51 AM   #61
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some pics...

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A peice of art in the restricted areas
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Old February 25th, 2006, 05:24 AM   #62
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Why do some people talk about Cambie street as if it was the greatest street ever. Its just a glorified Victoria drive.
Because it is the best (or was the best rather). Name a better central street in Vancouver that leads you to downtown..oak is ugly granville isnt far ahead. Im not saying RAV will make it look bad once finished but for 3 year or so it will be a mess.
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Old February 25th, 2006, 07:42 AM   #63
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Have those changes regarding the runways and new bridges been agreed to yet, or is it only a study? I don't recall any media announcements for them.

Anyways great pics on the proposed changes. Thanks!
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Have those changes regarding the runways and new bridges been agreed to yet, or is it only a study? I don't recall any media announcements for them.

Anyways great pics on the proposed changes. Thanks!
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Old April 7th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #65
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Airport upgrade to cost billions
Existing facilities pushed to capacity by heavy demand

Bruce Constantineau, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, April 06, 2006

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Vancouver International Airport will need a new $1-billion terminal by 2015 and a third runway -- worth "hundreds of millions of dollars" -- by 2025 as surging passenger traffic pushes existing facilities to full capacity, airport authority president Larry Berg said Wednesday.

That's on top of an estimated $1 billion the airport expects to spend over the next four years on the Canada Line, gate expansions to the international terminal, a new structure linking the domestic and international terminals and associated improvements.

So airport improvement fees that have raised close to $600 million since 1993, will remain a fact of life for the foreseeable future, Berg said after a Vancouver Board of Trade speech.

"If we don't add this infrastructure improvement, airlines will just go to other West Coast airports," he said in an interview.

Vancouver airport had a record 16.4 million passengers last year and Berg expects about 23 million passengers will use the airport in 2015, with growth expected to come from several global markets -- including North America, Europe and Asia.

Berg said the airport authority has the financial capacity now to borrow the money needed for the future capital projects. He noted Standard and Poor's credit rating agency recently raised the authority's credit rating to AA, making it one of just four airports in the world to achieve that rating -- along with Los Angeles International, Aeroports de Paris and Oklahoma City airports.

Details of the airport authority's future development plans will be outlined in the first draft of a long-term plan the authority expects to release later this spring.

Berg said the airport will add nine new gates by 2010, giving it a total of 62. But the airport will need 11 more gates by 2015 and 14 more by 2023, creating the need for a new $1-billion terminal by as early as 2015.

"Our plan will be to develop a flexible facility that could be built in phases as needed," he said.

The authority will recommend the new terminal be located to the east of the existing international terminal and be served directly by a Canada Line station.

Before a new runway is built in 2025, the airport plans to build two new taxiways to get the maximum use of its existing runways. A north-south taxiway will connect the western ends of the two runways and in 2014, the airport wants to build an elevated taxiway that will cross over Grant McConachie Way and the Canada Line.

Berg said an underground taxiway isn't practical for Sea Island so an elevated facility was the obvious option.

"Elevated taxiways are quite common now and not much more expensive to build than conventional taxiways," he said.

Berg said there are two options for a future third runway -- build it along the foreshore or build it south of the existing south runway.

He said there are cost and environmental concerns with the foreshore option but it has received significant support from the public because it moves noise farther away from residential areas. The south runway option was not as popular because it moves noise closer to some Richmond neighbourhoods, Berg said, and the exact cost of either option has not been determined.

"It depends, but when you start talking runways, you're into hundreds of millions of dollars," he said.

Berg said there are no plans to increase the airport improvement fee, which was introduced in 1993 to finance capital improvements.

"But as long as we're in this major construction mode for the foreseeable future, it's my expectation [the fee] will continue to be in place," he said.

The fee -- expected to generate about $70 million this year -- adds $5 to the cost of a flight to a B.C. or Yukon destination, $10 for North America and Hawaii, and $15 for destinations outside North America.

Berg said a new economic impact study has determined that Vancouver International Airport accounts for 26,700 direct jobs and generates $6.8 billion in total economic output. He said the numbers have grown modestly in the past five years, despite a downturn in the aviation industry caused by 9/11, SARS and record-high fuel prices.

The study said positive factors boosting airport activity since 2000 include a 15-per-cent increase in overseas flights, continuing construction projects, growth in air cargo business, growth of WestJet and other domestic carriers and expansion of retail services.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 11:39 AM   #66
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Vancouver airport expansion - YVR :)

there are some big projects going on at the airport now - which will be complete fairly soon

see a video here of the new link hub watch this from www.yvr.com

the Canada line which connects to downtown

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Vancouver International Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.0-billion capital program to 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 21 million passengers projected at YVR by 2010, as well as handle the newer, larger aircraft of the future.

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Old May 30th, 2006, 05:26 PM   #67
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yay!! airport of vancouver where i live!! i find customs reall slow, baggage claim very crowded and slow, and also lighting is bit dim.. i always feel tired in it...
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yay!! airport of vancouver where i live!! i find customs reall slow, baggage claim very crowded and slow, and also lighting is bit dim.. i always feel tired in it...
What the hell are you talking about???? Vancouver Airport is unique and one of the worlds best!!!!

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Old May 31st, 2006, 07:09 AM   #69
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During peak periods at YVR, the line-ups at immigration can be very long. I've also heard (but never experienced this first-hand) complaints about the attitude of immigration officials.

I would say (and I remember reading comments by YVR officials), that there is still a gap between YVR and airports such as HKG when it comes to basic metrics such as time needed for customs clearance and waiting time for delivery of baggage. My experience as a very frequent traveler is that, in Hong Kong, bags are typically already waiting at the carousel by the time one clears immigration. That's never happened to me in Vancouver.

That said, there's a pretty good reason YVR was one of the top 3 airports in North America in the recent Skytrax poll. It's one of my favorite airports in terms of architecture and design. I especially love the First Nations artwork scattered throughout the terminal and the waterfall at international arrivals. I remember what YVR used to be like before the international terminal was built, and it's comparing night and day.
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Old June 3rd, 2006, 09:03 AM   #70
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its sad to see that big expanse of grass land being turned into a parking lot and station but hopefully people can still park out there and watch the planes land
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Link building ties buildings and transit together

Jean Sorensen
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Passengers arriving from the Canada Line at VIA will disembark from the elevated guide way station and walk into a new $100 facility that provides a spectacular view of B.C.’s best artistic talent and natural beauty. The YVR line connects to the Link building’s upper-floor mezzanine via a covered walkway. Once inside and within the Link’s balcony area, passengers will be able to look around – and down – at the large atrium created in the building and used as a focal point within. This attraction houses the building’s totem pole carved by Don Yeomans. The floor has been tiled to resemble the ocean’s seaweed. While the atrium lighting gives the illusion of the northern aurora borealis. Together, the facility brings together the themes of land, sea and sky. This atrium area is also expected to prove popular with “meet and greet” arrivals and guests.

The five-storey Link building is also the lynch-pin bringing together the two major terminals (International and Domestic) within the airport. Top floors are reserved for office space, while the entrance level from the transit line is also a passenger check-in area. The lower level below provides baggage handling. “Our budget is $117.7 million and we are 50 per cent complete,” says Cowan, adding that the facility should be opened by summer 2007.

Kasian Architecture is providing the design for the Link building, while Keen Engineering is providing the mechanical, R.A. Duff and Associates the electrical, and Ledcor Industries is the general contractor.

Cowan says the Link building – with its ability to provide almost seamless travel for arriving and departing passengers – “stacks up with the best of them” when other international airport transit stations are considered.


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Vancouver Airport Brings B.C. and First Nations design into $1 billion revamp

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Vancouver International Airport Authority is spending $1 billion on capital expenditure improvements, but when work is finished – on the cusp of the Olympics – the Authority will land not just a state-of-the-art airport as a simple transit point but a transit attraction.

Vancouver International Airport (VIA) will still offer all the features of a modern international airport but its terminals will showcase striking architecture, native art, and such features as an aquarium displaying B.C. coastal aquatic life. The upgrade, showing off B.C.’s talents and natural attributes, will accommodate an increased volume of traffic as traffic is expected to climb from 17 to 21 million passengers annually by 2010. Current capacity is being fully utilized and projections indicate that B.C. will develop more tourism and commercial links within the Asia Pacific area to which VIA is the major gateway.

Bob Cowan, VIA Authority senior vice-president of engineering, describes how the new revamped airport will leave a lasting impression on B.C. visitors.

“When there has been a need for increased capacity or restoration, we have carried them out using the YVR style of building, and the YVR style is to build in a way that reflects the company. We are trying to bring a bit of what is B.C. and the First Nations into the current design,” he says.

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Glass loading bridges for jumbo jets


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Things are bigger and better at the International terminal. It is going through a $420 million expansion with the addition of a new wing and nine new gates. Phase I, expected to complete in March-June 2007, will see the first of four new gates added, with two designed to handle the coming generation of wide-bodied, double-decker jetliners (A380s) arriving from large-volume markets such as China.

The gates will feature something new to Vancouver - glass, loading bridges serving both upper and lower decks of the jumbo jets. An enhanced baggage handling and screening system has also been installed to expedite the millions of pieces of luggage flowing through the international airport terminal annually. Phase II (the other five gates) could be completed as early as 2009, before B.C. hosts the 2010 Olympics.

The 30,000 square-metre new wing – double the size of Vancouver’s convention centre – will also bring under its roof a B.C. meandering coastal stream (albeit man-made) flowing through the interior. Departing passengers will move through the building enjoying the stream and seating areas along the flowing water. The Fog Woman and Raven, a yellow-cedar carving of a creek woman, by B.C. master carver Dempsey Bob, will be added to the stream scene but will also be another piece of distinctive B.C. artwork joining that of Bill Reid, the 20-foot long canoe sculpture known as Spirit of Haida Gwaii, The Jade Canoe, which is on display at the terminal food court.

“We are building a piece of B.C. in the terminal building,” says Cowan, who is over-seeing the $1 billion expansion, addition, and upgrade of facilities.

Where the stream ends, it flows into an aquarium. “This is a substantial aquarium,” says Cowan. Along with a jellyfish tank, the aquatic show will provide visitors to B.C. with an insight into the wide range of indigenous marine life offered. The terminal project – which includes a kilometre of moving sidewalk – is currently 75 per cent complete. The design is by Stantec Architecture, structural engineering by Bush Bowan, mechanical engineering by Keen Engineering, and electrical engineering is by R.A. Duff and Associates, while PCL Constructors Westcoast are serving as general contractors.
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YVR eyes creating runway across habitat
Although the airport said it expects broad public support, one environmental group calls it 'madness'



William Boei, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, November 10, 2006

Vancouver International Airport is considering building a $1.2-billion runway more than four kilometres into the Strait of Georgia, over the sensitive fish and wildlife habitat of Sturgeon Bank.

The foreshore runway would extend 4,270 metres west from the dike on the ocean side of Sea Island, according to YVR planning documents. It would be 60 metres wide and capable of handling aircraft in use now and anticipated in the future.

Although the airport said it expects broad public support for the foreshore option, one environmental group calls it "madness," while the City of Richmond and the Greater Vancouver Regional District are urging the airport to consider other options.

The foreshore runway is one of three options the Vancouver International Airport Authority is keeping open in its draft 20-year master plan, which extends airport planning to 2027.

The other two options are for runways of either 2,740 metres or 2,130 metres to be built on Sea Island south of existing runways. The south runway options would cost $300 million or less, but would create new noise problems for residents in nearby Richmond.

The airport expects to reach capacity on existing runways by about 2022 to 2025, even if it improves the runways and taxiways to boost capacity from 400,000 takeoffs and landings a year to about 450,000, the planning documents say.

The airport saw 275,000 landings and takeoffs in 2005, and demand is forecast to rise to 484,000 by 2027.

A 10- to 15-year head start is needed to get a runway built, said Anne Murray, the airport's vice-president for community and environmental affairs, and a runway decision will probably not be made until 2012 to 2015.

"We don't want to build something if it's not required," Murray said. "We don't need to make that decision yet."

Adding a runway to a major airport can be a decades-long process. For example, YVR's north runway, opened in 1996, required some 50 years of planning, government input, public hearings, and construction, according to the airport authority.

The foreshore runway would boost capacity by about 210,000 takeoffs and landings to more than 600,000, which is expected to meet demand until 2044.

Preliminary studies showed the foreshore option, by moving takeoffs and landings away from residential areas, would reduce the number of people bothered by airport noise by 7.6 per cent, while a south runway would increase noise problems by up to 12 per cent.

Because of the noise factor, the 20-year plan said, the foreshore runway was "likely to fare well with public opinion because of its minimal impact on residential areas in Vancouver and Richmond, despite the other environmental impacts."

The document doesn't detail them, but it says there are "significant environmental impacts on the foreshore and river habitat, and these would have to be well mitigated before approval for such a project would be forthcoming."

However, the Vancouver Natural History Society says in a letter to the airport that the foreshore runway "would destroy a large area of Sturgeon Bank, which is part of one of the richest wildlife habitats in Canada."

"The Delta foreshore, including Sturgeon Bank, supports millions of overwintering, migratory and resident birds and is a key stopover on the Pacific Flyway," the society said, warning that the runway also risks a serious bird-strike problem that could kill thousands of birds.

"It's madness," said John Werring, a salmon conservation biologist with the David Suzuki Foundation, adding that the foreshore runway is the most environmentally destructive runway option available.

Werring said it would mean extensive damage to bird habitat, resident and migratory, and that "Sturgeon Bank is one of the most sensitive areas for fish habitat," including green sturgeon.

The airport would have to keep birds away from the runway to prevent collisions with aircraft, and whether it does that by killing birds or firing boom cannons, it will affect an area much larger than the runway itself, he said. A fuel spill or plane crash on or near the runway could be devastating to wildlife.

Regional district staff say the runway would affect the operations of Iona Beach Regional Park. It would require the Iona sewage outfall jetty -- part of the park -- to be relocated, and would have "significant impacts on the aquatic and migratory bird habitats in this part of the Fraser River Estuary."

A GVRD staff report says the airport should wait for a regional airport strategy to be developed, which could lead to smaller airports handling more small aircraft to ease the load on the international airport.

Richmond city council has rejected a staff recommendation to endorse the foreshore runway.

"They were concerned about the environmental impact," said Richmond spokesman Ted Townsend.

Council was also unhappy about the potential noise from a south runway.

"They weren't convinced of the actual need for a third runway," Townsend said. "There was some feeling that perhaps capacity issues could be addressed by other regional airports."

Murray said other airports in the region are in the picture, but many of the small aircraft that now use the international airport connect to national and international flights and can't use other airports.

"Even with those other airports," she said, "we think we'll need a new runway at YVR about 2025."

Murray said the airport is aware of environmental concerns and agreed that a south runway -- especially the shorter option -- would have much less environmental impact. "But it moves the noise closer to the community."

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Airport plans alarm GVRD
Major expansion, residential developments may conflict with district's long-term plans



William Boei, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, November 10, 2006

International airport expansion plans and the prospect of new residential and industrial development on first nations land in Delta are ringing alarm bells at the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

GVRD staff reports warn that the plans, which are largely out of the region's control, may conflict with its long-term planning strategy and cause sprawl instead of compact growth.

The region is worried about several options outlined in Vancouver International Airport's draft 20-year master plan, including:

n A new runway extending more than four kilometres into the Strait of Georgia, crossing the sensitive fish and wildlife habitat of Sturgeon Banks and slicing through a jetty that is part of Iona Beach Regional Park.

n A car-dependent office park on the east side of Sea Island that puts new jobs far away from homes instead of in regional growth centres.

n Tolls or dedicated lanes on the Arthur Laing and Dinsmore bridges -- both owned by the airport -- without reference to a regional transportation strategy.

In Delta, GVRD staff warn, the imminent settlement of B.C.'s first urban first nations treaty, with the Tsawwassen First Nation, poses several problems.

About 400 hectares of protected farmland is expected to be part of the settlement, and the provincial government has indicated it may unilaterally take the land out of the Agricultural Land Reserve to allow industrial and residential developments.

That could set a precedent for other treaty settlements involving farmland in the Lower Mainland and put new pressure on protected farmland, says a GVRD staff report.

The report also warns that the Tsawwassen First Nation may be planning to develop some of the land jointly with the neighbouring Musqueam reserve.

If that happens, "there are serious implications that urban sprawl will occur with the creation of a very large residential and industrial town adjacent to TFN lands," the report says.

GVRD chairwoman and Delta Mayor Lois Jackson held out little hope that the province will change its mind about the Delta farmland.

"I'm not encouraged," Jackson said. "I think the province is simply going to put it in the treaty or do an order-in-council and take that land out."

She said Agriculture Minister Pat Bell had told her the decision should not be made by the Agricultural Land Commission, which normally handles farmland exclusion bids.

The GVRD staff report was triggered by stories from The Vancouver Sun's legislature bureau that said the province may bypass the application process. The stories said the government is worried the normal process might lead to a contentious public debate and an uncertain outcome that could jeopardize the treaty.

But the GVRD report says such a move would:

n Create an uneven playing field, with first nations' priorities trumping those of the region's municipalities.

n Jeopardize "the integrity of the green zone within Greater Vancouver's regional growth strategy."

n Lead to land-use conflicts between farm operations in the land reserve and non-farm uses on adjoining land, "and potentially compromising the agricultural use of ALR lands."

Jackson didn't know if the Greater Vancouver Airport Authority will be sympathetic to the region's concerns. The authority did brief the GVRD last summer on its proposed 20-year master plan.

The new runway would be built by 2025. The airport hasn't decided whether it should be built south of its existing runways, which would cause noise problems and is already being opposed by neighbouring Richmond, or along the foreshore, which would cause environmental concerns and be much more expensive.

GVRD staff are recommending the region make its concerns about Delta known to the provincial government, and ask the airport to maximize the capacity of existing runways and hammer out a regional airport strategy with other airports in the region, the GVRD and TransLink "prior to pursuing an additional runway."

GVRD officials say 52 hectares of airport land whose zoning allows office parks should be designated for airport-related and industrial uses only.

"Every effort should be made to concentrate office uses in established centres near housing, shops and services that are well served by transit," the report says.

Bridge tolls and dedicated lanes are consistent with the region's outlook, but the airport should help develop a regional transportation strategy before it starts tolling bridges, it says.

The Tsawwassen farmland report will be presented to the GVRD's agriculture committee today and the airport report goes to the land use and transportation committee on Friday. Both may appear on the GVRD board's agenda later this month.

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YVR Construction Update
Construction of the new Canada Line YVR-Airport Station

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If you've visited YVR recently, you may have noticed how construction projects in and around the airport are flying along.

With a growing number of passengers and changes within the airline industry, we are continuing to expand and adapt to meet the needs of the industry and our customers.

International Terminal Expansion

The largest construction project underway at YVR is a $420-million, nine-gate expansion to the International Terminal. Phase one of the expansion, four gates, is nearly complete and scheduled to open in March. Crews have recently installed lighting, carpet, gate counters and art murals in each of the four new gates. Building upon YVR's distinctive design tradition, the new wing will celebrate the spectacular nature of the Pacific West Coast with a large aquarium showcasing indigenous marine life, a jellyfish tank, and a stream running through the centre of the building. Passenger forecasts indicate that the additional five gates will be required between 2011 and 2014.

Link Building

So named because it will link the International and Domestic terminals, the $117-million Link Building will provide increased international check-in capacity, passenger screening, additional baggage systems and office space. This five-story building will be connected to the Canada Line station via a covered walkway, and will serve as a central hub for passengers traveling through YVR.

Construction crews are currently focusing on the completion of the Link Concourse, including the check-in area, baggage conveyors and the transfer corridor and pre-board screening areas on Level 4. Completion of the Link Building is scheduled for summer 2007.

Canada Line

In keeping with our goal of being a sustainable and environmentally conscious organization, the Airport Authority has committed up to $300-million to fund the airport portion of the Canada Line rapid transit line, which will link downtown Vancouver, Richmond City Centre and Vancouver International Airport.

Now that the last section of the Canada Line guideway adjacent to the International Terminal has been completed, work on the YVR Canada Line station has begun. Crews are preparing the site, piling, constructing columns and building two new elevators.

Meanwhile, bridge construction continues on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River. This involves mobilizing equipment and materials, concrete and steel work, piling, pier and guideway construction and assembly of the bridge deck segments using cranes. Crews are also busy lifting and locking segments of the elevated walkway into place on Sea Island. Track installation work on the elevated guideway also begins this month. Later this year, the guideway will "walk" across the completed Middle Arm bridge to complete the last few sections near the Arthur Laing Bridge.

Parking at YVR will not be impacted by the construction process. Passengers and visitors may notice some minor changes to traffic patterns near the terminals, but every effort is being made to minimize disruption. For more information on the Canada Line, please visit www.canadaline.ca.
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Pics of the Link building from the steel frame fabricators. The tower actually is a small component, it seems that the back stucture extends quite a bit...












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Pictures of the new International Terminal Expansion:





Our project remains on schedule. Power and heat are being distributed throughout the building. Mechanical commissioning is well underway, and electrical has completed final connections. Curtainwall doors are nearing completion. Level 2 walls and soffit finishes are well underway. Millwork panels to cores are being installed, together with final trims. Level 4 Moving walkways installation near completion and finishes are being applied. Carpeting on passenger level is now 2/3 through. Tenant areas have been turned over to Owner/Tenants as required.

Flooring removing in the actively operating Terminal Building is progressing together with Starbuck demise area. Thematics creek topper is completed to new building area. Washroom finishes are progressing. Food court Area Terrazzo is completed.

Bridge cladding & Apron drive bridges are well underway, internal finishes ongoing. We have begun demolishing existing temporary passenger walkways and installing permanent gate bridges.

Wellfield mains are completed, tested. Pumps installation underway.



New expanded international terminal wing




The new Link Building under construction will connect the Domestic and International terminals as well as connect both to the new Canada Line.

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March 6, 2007 - 11:30 AM | YVR.ca

YVR OPENS NEW GATES IN INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL EXPANSION
Terminal Facilities Feature West Coast Design and Expanded Retail Program

Richmond, B.C. (March 6, 2007): Vancouver Airport Authority celebrated today the official opening of four new gates as part of the first phase of YVR's International Terminal expansion. Designed to better accommodate the airport's growing passenger traffic and the larger aircraft of the future, the facilities feature an expanded retail program and build upon YVR's distinctive design tradition.

"This expansion is the cornerstone of the Airport Authority's $1.0-billion capital construction program, and essential to accommodating our growth as we prepare to serve a record 17.5 million passengers in 2007," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "With these new facilities, YVR is poised to become the premier North American gateway to Asia."

This commitment to growing Asia-Pacific traffic was illustrated at today's event with the arrival of the first aircraft to use the new terminal facilities; Air Canada AC8 arrived this morning at Gate 65 on its regular route from Hong Kong.

Building upon YVR's distinctive design tradition, the $200-million, 36,000 square metre expansion features the West Coast colour palette and unique architectural themes evident in both YVR's existing terminal facilities and newly launched logo. The building, which opened as scheduled on March 1 for airline maintenance, testing and familiarization, features 400 metres of moving walkways to facilitate passenger movement through the terminal; 27 plasma signs that switch between multiple languages to help international passengers navigate the airport; and a first for YVR - check-in kiosks located at each of the new gates, to help passengers rebook flights quickly in the event of a cancellation.

Come June 2007, the unique design features of the central pavilion area will be finished, including a large aquarium showcasing indigenous marine life, a 30,000-gallon seawater tank housing 100 moon jellyfish, and a stream running through the centre of the building. When complete, the facilities will also feature more than 25 new shops and services, including premium duty free shopping and full-service restaurants and cafés.

Ray Zibrik, President of YVR Project Management, the subsidiary company responsible for overseeing the project, recognizes the completion of the building was made possible by the dedication of hundreds of people. "I would like to thank all of the skilful and dedicated workers, engineers and designers, who have given more than 900,000 hours of hard work since the project's inception in 2005, for completing the expansion on time and on budget."

The project was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airplane landing fees and the Airport Improvement Fee. The $1.0-billion construction program is expected to generate 5,200 person-years of employment and $525-million in direct GDP.



The new YVR logo reflects on the airport's design colours.
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I for one will be glad when the latest terminal renovations/expansions are finished. Going from Domestic to International in January was a nightmare. hopefully by July, my next visit things are much more organized/finished.
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YVR to HKG: Oasis Hong Kong to Start Flights in June

Air Canada is in real trouble.

Hong Kong-based budget carrier Oasis Airlines, which currently flies between Hong Kong and London, said Tuesday it will start operating flights to Vancouver, Canada, in late June.

The low-cost, long-haul airline will fly six days a week between Hong Kong and Vancouver International Airport for fares more than 40 percent lower than rival carriers, Chairman Raymond Lee said.

One-way economy tickets, which go on sale from Wednesday, start from HK$1,990 (US$254.6; euro187.80), the company said.

Rival Cathay Pacific Airways (other-otc: CPCAY.PK - news - people ) charges about HK$10,000 (US$1,279; euro943.42) for a round-trip for the same route during June.

Oasis, which was launched last October as the first budget airline specializing in long-haul routes, said it has achieved a cash flow break-even in its first five months of operation.

Its flights to London have been popular, Lee said, with economy class seats 90 to 98 percent occupied, Lee said.

"The Hong Kong to Vancouver demand may be even higher than the Hong Kong to London one," he said.

The airline has bought three more Boeing (nyse: BA - news - people ) 747-400s from Japan's All Nippon Airways, expanding its flight to five, Lee said. Oasis aims to acquire 25 planes and have a staff of 3,000 to 4,000 by the year 2011, he said.

The airline targets an initial public offering in 2009. "When we have 15 to 16 flights in the air, it'd be a good time for an IPO," Lee said.

Oasis said earlier its second destination was to be Oakland, California, but Lee said Tuesday it was still considering whether to fly to Oakland or San Francisco Bay.

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Oasis are great. I have flown on them before and I'm booked again for later this year. Lucky for Vancouver.
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News already posted here : http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=391734
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