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May 08, 2007

Vancouver Airport Authority today renewed its commitment as a gateway to British Columbia with the official opening of Gate C-38, a new $17-million regional commuter facility at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). C-38 will be used primarily for commuter aircraft serving YVR's 30-plus destinations within B.C., and is one of a number of expansion projects comprising the $1-billion construction program currently underway at YVR.

May 8, 2007 - 11:45 AM

YVR Opens New Facilities Serving Regional Commuter Flights

Vancouver Airport Authority today renewed its commitment as a gateway to British Columbia with the official opening of Gate C-38, a new $17-million regional commuter facility at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). C-38 will be used primarily for commuter aircraft serving YVR's 30-plus destinations within B.C., and is one of a number of expansion projects comprising the $1-billion construction program currently underway at YVR.

"We are proud of our role in keeping the people and businesses of B.C. connected, "said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "The new commuter facilities at Gate C-38 illustrate our commitment to ensuring that YVR remains both a regional and an international gateway for the province."

This 2,000 square-metre facility was designed with passenger comfort and convenience in mind. Its central location provides easier transfers for passengers making domestic flight connections, and shorter walking distances for passengers making U.S. and other international connections. From comfortable seating for 400, a children's play area and 115 square metres of future retail, food and beverage space to multiple television viewing areas, an internet kiosk and wireless capability, C-38 offers more amenities than are typically provided for short-haul commuter flights. Additionally, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the apron-level seating area, C-38 affords passengers an excellent ground-level perspective of the airfield and aircraft traffic. As with all of YVR's passenger facilities, the area provides barrier-free access for people with disabilities.

The opening of the new facility comes as YVR's domestic traffic is expected to surpass the 8.7-million passengers served on 40,000-plus arrivals and departures in 2006. While some regional flights will continue to use existing gates in the B Pier and the South Terminal, the new wing will be used primarily by Air Canada Jazz, which accounts for 55% of all regional flights. To reduce delays and keep people and planes moving, C-38 features eight check-in positions for improved efficiency and can accommodate up to eight aircraft at one time.

About Vancouver Airport Authority

The Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second-busiest airport, YVR expects to welcome 17.5 million passengers in 2007. The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1-billion construction program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel, and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia. YVR currently serves more than 30 communities across British Columbia.

 

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver International Airport Authority
604.880.9815

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