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YVR welcomes Canada's only daily flight to Japan's Haneda Airport

August 17, 2010

New service connects Vancouver and central Tokyo

Richmond, BC (August 17, 2010): Vancouver Airport Authority is pleased to welcome Air Canada’s new daily non-stop air service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Haneda Airport. Starting in January 2011, YVR will enjoy the first and only connection between Canada and Haneda, which is only 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo. The new service complements Air Canada’s existing route between YVR and Narita, doubling the number of Air Canada’s daily flights from YVR to Japan. Not only does the new route provide increased business opportunities and economic growth, it also solidifies British Columbia as a destination of choice for trade and tourism.

“I congratulate Air Canada for expanding its service options between YVR and the Asia-Pacific region. New and increased air services are good for the people and businesses of British Columbia,” said Larry Berg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Airport Authority. “This new Vancouver – Tokyo Haneda service will not only strengthen trade and tourism ties between these two regions, but also continue to develop YVR as a key Asia-Pacific gateway.”

A 2005 economic impact study determined that every new wide-body daily international service to YVR generates between 102 and 190 person-years of employment, between $5 million and $8.9 million in wages, and between $8 million and $15 million to British Columbia’s GDP annually. With more than 26,000 people who work on Sea Island, Vancouver International Airport is one of British Columbia’s key economic and employment generators.

“The success of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games showcased British Columbia as a prime destination for tourism and world events,” said Berg. “YVR is North America’s closest major airport to Asia—our prime location and connectivity to the Asia-Pacific region will be one of the many benefits we will be promoting at this year’s Routes 2010 forum in September.”

Vancouver Airport Authority is proud to host the 2010 World Route Development Forum, the largest global meeting place for airports and airlines. Vancouver is the first city in the Americas to host this event, which brings together international air carriers, airports and tourism authorities to map out future air services around the globe.

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