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YVR Celebrates Completion of International Terminal Expansion

June 28, 2007

Vancouver Airport Authority today celebrated the official opening of the completed International Terminal expansion, including an indoor stream surrounded by cafés, restaurants and 4,000 square metres of duty free shopping, and a large aquarium showcasing B.C.'s indigenous sea life. The new wing also features four significant new works by B.C. artists. The celebration, attended by community and business leaders, saw the unveiling of Dempsey Bob's Fog Woman and Raven following a Musqueam dedication ceremony.

June 28, 2007 - 20:00 PM

New Wing Features Indoor Stream, Aquarium, Restaurants and Duty Free Shops

Vancouver Airport Authority today celebrated the official opening of the completed International Terminal expansion, including an indoor stream surrounded by cafés, restaurants and 4,000 square metres of duty free shopping, and a large aquarium showcasing B.C.'s indigenous sea life. The new wing also features four significant new works by B.C. artists. The celebration, attended by community and business leaders, saw the unveiling of Dempsey Bob's Fog Woman and Raven following a Musqueam dedication ceremony.

The $200-million, 36,000 square-metre expansion is the cornerstone of the Airport Authority's $1.0-billion construction program, and was designed to better accommodate the airport's growing passenger traffic and the larger aircraft of the future. The four new gates of the International Terminal expansion opened for operation in March, while work continued on the water features and retail areas.

"We are pleased to celebrate the completion of this significant project, our largest expansion in more than 10 years," said Larry Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "These facilities build on our tradition of delivering a modern airport that reflects the unique character of our region, and set YVR apart as the premier global North American gateway to Asia."

Features of the wing include a 114,000-litre central aquarium housing some 850 indigenous sea animals and a 3,800-litre jellyfish tank with 100 moon jellies, operated by the Vancouver Aquarium. Four large-scale art pieces are located in the expansion: Orca Chief and the Kelp Forest by Lyle Wilson and John Nutter; Fog Woman and Raven by Dempsey Bob; Beach Tangle by Gordon Smith; and Net Work by Eric Robertson.

YVR's new duty free provider, Spanish company Aldeasa, is one of the world's largest travel retail specialists. The company's 13 duty free shops include Western Canada's first MANGO boutique; a full range of luxury brands, including one of the world's only Hermès boutiques; children's clothing; electronics; health, wellness and beauty products; and a full range of duty free favourites with prices to fit every budget.

Passengers departing from the new wing will enjoy a new Milestone's restaurant and a food court with a variety of dining options. Those who wish to relax and enjoy the indoor stream setting can do so in one of the area's 2,200 seats, while travellers rushing to their gates are assisted by 400 metres of moving walkways and 27 plasma signs that switch between multiple languages.

The expansion was overseen by Airport Authority subsidiary company YVR Project Management, under the direction of President Ray Zibrik, and was funded through a combination of airport revenue sources, including retail sales, airplane landing fees and the Airport Improvement Fee. The Airport Authority's $1.0-billion construction program is expected to generate 5,200 person-years of employment and $525-million in direct GDP.

-YVR-

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

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