We celebrate the Lunar New Year in style at YVR by decking out the terminal with lanterns, lions and lucky red envelopes to mark the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.
Festivities in the terminal on Sunday will include a traditional lion dance, which sees performers mimic the movements of the revered animal in fantastic, oversized costumes accompanied by drums as they pluck heads of lettuce and red envelopes from storefronts. The lion dance is believed to bring good luck and fortune for the business, and performers get the envelope as a reward.
This year marks the Year of the Snake. People born in snake years are said to be thoughtful and wise, skilled in business, but sometimes egotistical. If you don't know what Chinese Zodiac symbol you are, you can punch your birth date in to this website and it will tell you.
The Lunar New Year is an exciting time at the airport, as we see an uptick of five to 10 percent on our routes between Vancouver and Shanghai/Beijing/Guangzhou/Chengdu and Chenyang as people head home to celebrate with their families.
This supports our goal of being the gateway of choice for travellers between North America and Asia. This summer, YVR airlines will run74 weekly flights between Vancouver and Hong Kong and China - the most of any airport in North America.
Air Canada and Air China are both upping service from seven to 11 times per week to Beijing, China Eastern will now be flying 13 times to Shanghai instead of 11 on a weekly basis and China Southern will now go daily to Guangzhou during the summer.
Gung Hay Fat Choy to everybody! Have a happy and safe Chinese New Year this weekend.