What a year for YVR! It seems like only yesterday we were publishing our Top 10 Photos of 2012 and looking forward to the incredible year that would be 2013. In keeping with this relatively new tradition, please enjoy theTop 10 Photos of 2013.
On June 18, YVR welcomed its new President & CEO. Craig Richmond returned to YVR from an interesting career including stints as a fighter pilot, CEO of other international airports and even Operations VP here at YVR more than a decade ago. Here, he walks the runway carpet at the official announcement, saying hi to new faces and familiar friends.
So much is happening at YVR in this photo submitted by Doug Clement. The extended exposure makes cars' headlights dance and gives the impression of movement in this static image. Around the photo's perimeter, other elements of YVR are visible, including Chester Johnson Park on the right and the busy taxi waiting area on the left. The photo even captures the curbside activity outside of U.S. Departures and the Fairmont Vancouver Airport. Thanks for sharing this with us, Doug!
We had hundreds - if not thousands - of incredible submissions to our Canada from the Air photo gallery in 2013, but none quite as amazing as this picture submitted by WestJet staffer, Joe Postnikoff. This shot is taken from an incredibly unique perspective as the aircraft sidles up alongside one of the storm clouds that contributed to Alberta's floods earlier this year. Retweeted more than 200 times, this pic shows the incredible power of nature, all from an airplane window. Thanks for submitting, Joel. Here's another historical shot that captures the flood from the air.
A made-at-home innovation made it big in 2013 with the launch of YVR's Automated Passport Control. This kiosk technology automates the border clearance process for American and Canadian travellers to the U.S. Today, you'll find APC kiosks in place at a number of U.S. airports, including Chicago O'Hare. This YVR-developed technology was named USA Today's Best New Passenger Amenity for 2013.
China Eastern Airlines announced its plan to double daily service between YVR and Shanghai with an event on July 19 in YVR's Link Building. B.C. Premier Christy Clark and Richmond MP Alice Wong were among the VIPs on hand to celebrate this growth in service to the busy Asia-Pacific market.
A favourite plane-spotting locale got a facelift this year, reopening as Larry Berg Flight Path Park in celebration of our former President & CEO. Located at the end of the south runway, the park offers interpretive displays, runway-style walking paths and unrivalled views of the airfield and mountains. Larry Berg Flight Path Park is the perfect place to take the family on a clear day for some plane-spotting and picnicking.
Aside from a new President & CEO, YVR welcomed a number of other important additions to the team this year. The wildlife management team is currently training two new border collies to join the squad in the future. The dogs are used to scare birds away from the airfield, where they pose a serious risk to aircraft. Border collies are a herding breed and generally thought to be one of the smartest, if not the smartest, dog breeds. Love those floppy ears. This video offers more information on the program, with bonus footage of puppies wrestling.
Longtime airline partner Lufthansa inaugurated new service between YVR and Munich, Germany's Oktoberfest epicentre, in May. We marked the first arrival with a traditional water arch welcome. Willkommen!
For the fourth consecutive year, YVR was named Best Airport in North America according to passengers surveyed by the prestigious international Skytrax. We celebrated this win with an in-terminal party for our passengers, complete with lots of YVR-branded chocolates and much-deserved thank yous for our airlines, partners and passengers who made it all possible.
Even on an overcast day, YVR's 19-storey control tower looks incredible. The massive structure cuts an imposing figure on the skyline of YVR and its position high up in the air lets all the hard-working folks inside its glassy confines see above and beyond to ensure aircraft are making their way safely in and out of YVR's airspace.