Most British Columbians know YVR as our province’s largest airport, the hub through which millions of travellers connect to global destinations for work or play. But I’m proud to say that YVR is more than merely a transit stop. In the 22 years since the Airport Authority took over management of YVR, it has become an important local employer, an innovation lab for travel technology, a great place to shop and dine and even a community destination unto itself, thanks to free public amenities like our Observation Area and Larry Berg Flight Path Park.
While some misconceptions about our business model still persist (no, we are not a government agency!), we are working hard to share the story of the Airport Authority’s community-based operation, through communications channels like this blog, and by participating in community events that are important to our neighbours and customers.
I’m excited to see this story come to life this summer as we embark on our second annual YVR Summer Festival Tour. From Port Moody and the PNE to festivals celebrating ribs, garlic and salmon, our YVR Flight Crew will attend 18 community festivals across the province during the coming two months. The packed schedule even includes bringing the YVR experience to key B.C. communities outside of Metro Vancouver; you’ll find us at events in Kelowna, Victoria and Kamloops - my home town. Check back here for upcoming dates in your community.
The Flight Crew is looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions about YVR. Coveted YVR prizes await those who try their luck on our new Fly Wheel trivia game. It’s a Price is Right-style spinning wheel that would make even Bob Barker proud.
We hope that the conversation will continue online, too. Check out our Facebook and Twitter coverage of the YVR Summer Festival Tour.
In addition to our presence at festivals, YVR executives will be visiting communities across the province over the coming few months to share the latest on YVR with key stakeholders, like chambers of commerce and other municipal groups. In fact, our Vice President of Engineering, Don Ehrenholz, is kicking off the tour this week with a visit to the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce.
Wherever your own road trips take you this summer, please stay safe.