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Thousands of Metro Vancouver Children Get Their Wings at YVR

September 25, 2010

Students enjoy an interactive tour at Vancouver International Airport

This fall 2,700 students are visiting Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to take part in The Future Lands Here, a YVR School Tour Program. During their visit, they will learn about airport processes - everything from airport operations to how to pack a bag before travel. The program launched in 2009 and proved so popular that the Airport Authority brought the program back in 2010. This year’s program will host students from 80 Grade 4-6 classes from Metro Vancouver schools.

"We’ve received such a positive response to the school tours, and are excited to welcome elementary students back to YVR this fall," says Anne Murray, Vice President, Community and Environmental Affairs, Vancouver Airport Authority. "The school tour program is important because it’s an opportunity for us to educate and connect with young students, who are the next generation of travellers."

The tours, which are taking place from September 28 to November 25, include both a walking tour of the airport’s public areas and classroom activities. While there is no cost for the program, schools must be pre-registered to participate.

"The tour has been specially designed for young people, and it’s so rewarding to see them excited and caught up in the wonder of flight," continued Murray.

During the interactive tour, students learn about the workings of a major international airport, from aviation activity on the airfield to what to expect at airport screening points. The tour also includes an introduction to YVR’s impressive collection of Northwest Coast Native art and the airport’s sustainability programs.

For those who cannot be a part of the official school tour program, there is still an opportunity to learn about the airport and to see the sights at YVR. With the airport open 24 hours a day, the public can download tour highlights from www.yvr.ca and visit the airport at any time to conduct their own self-guided tour. These self-guided tours focus on YVR’s art and architecture, airport sustainability initiatives and areas for families and children to explore.

"Everyone is welcome to visit the airport," said Murray. "What better way to spend an afternoon than to hop on the Canada Line and come out to YVR to experience the art, architecture, and aviation activity?"

The Airport Authority is committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor. For more information about Vancouver Airport Authority visit www.yvr.ca.

-YVR-

Media Relations

Vancouver Airport Authority

604.880.9815

Media_relations@yvr.ca

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