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Pilot School Program Lands at YVR

September 16, 2009

Grade five students throughout Metro Vancouver will visit Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this Fall for The Future Lands Here program, an exciting and educational tour as part of Vancouver Airport Authority's Welcoming the World in 2010 program. In addition, many of those students will be able to travel to the airport on the new Canada Line rapid transit system, making the visit a truly 2010 Winter Games experience.

September 16, 2009 - 10:00 AM

Grade five students throughout Metro Vancouver will visit Vancouver International Airport (YVR) this Fall for The Future Lands Here program, an exciting and educational tour as part of Vancouver Airport Authority's Welcoming the World in 2010 program. In addition, many of those students will be able to travel to the airport on the new Canada Line rapid transit system, making the visit a truly 2010 Winter Games experience.

Between September 16 and November 26, more than 2,700 grade five students from 95 classes will visit YVR as part of the program. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the operations of a major international airport, and how YVR is preparing to welcome athletes, officials and visitors from around the world early next year during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

YVR expects to welcome more than 17 million passengers in 2010, with an additional 200,000 passengers travelling through YVR in February and March for the 2010 Winter Games. As many as 80,000 passengers will travel through the airport on peak days during the 2010 Winter Games period.

"Students are the next generation of travellers and we are really excited to connect them to our airport," said Anne Murray, Vice President, Community & Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. "Vancouver International Airport is more than a place to fly from - it is a destination."

YVR's facilities and services offer passengers an outstanding travel experience while its infrastructure allows for the handling of both large and small aircraft movements. During the 2010 Winter Games, this capacity will be used to its fullest as the Airport Authority works to care for every passenger that visits YVR for the Games or any other reason.

About Vancouver Airport Authority

Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR welcomed 17.9 million people in 2008, and is the Official Airport of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. 70 airlines serve YVR, including scheduled carriers, charters, code share and cargo carriers which connect travellers to more than 130 destinations in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

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For more information:
YVR Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815
media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca

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