RICHMOND, BC, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today
announced the upcoming arrival of All Nippon Airways (ANA) to Vancouver
International Airport (YVR). The new daily non-stop service to Tokyo
Haneda Airport (HND) begins March 30, 2014 and marks ANA's first flight
"This new service will offer B.C. businesses more options to reach
customers in central Tokyo, but also throughout Japan and Asia thanks
to ANA's strong domestic and international networks," said Craig
Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "ANA's
decision to fly to YVR further strengthens our position as North
America's gateway of choice to the Asia-Pacific region."
The new daily service to HND is made possible by recent liberalization
to Canada's air-service agreement with Japan. It will increase YVR's
overall capacity to Tokyo by 30 per cent, complementing existing daily
service to Narita International Airport (NRT), which is located
approximately 60 km from Tokyo's downtown core. Originally the main
international airport for Tokyo until NRT opened in 1978, HND is
located just 15 km from Tokyo's core. It is the second busiest airport
in Asia and the fourth busiest in the world.
"We are very pleased to announce the launch of long-haul international
services from Tokyo to Vancouver," said Osamu Shinobe, President and
CEO, ANA. "Vancouver will be the first destination in Canada for ANA,
and we are confident that passenger demand will be high, not only in
Japan but in other Asian cities."
Japan and British Columbia have a long and significant history of
cultural and economic links. As the world's third-largest economy,
Japan offers B.C. businesses many opportunities to increase exports by
taking advantage of its high demand for energy resources, raw
materials, seafood and international education. In 2012, $101 million
worth of B.C. exports left YVR for Japan, making it the third largest
market, by value, served from the airport.
ANA's new flight is expected to generate 356 jobs both at YVR and in
B.C.'s hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions, adding to
the 1,494 local jobs already created by existing flights to Japan. In
total, YVR's three daily flights to Japan will generate an estimated
$64.8 million in wages, $36.1 million in taxes and $99.3 million in
added Gross Domestic Product for the province. With more than 23,600
people working on Sea Island, YVR is one of British Columbia's key
economic and employment generators.
ANA's new service to YVR will use Boeing 767-300 aircraft, with capacity
for 214 passengers. Flights will arrive at YVR at 2:55 PM and depart at
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 17.6 million passengers in
2012, facilitated 261,000 takeoffs and landings and handled 227,000
tonnes of cargo. Sixty-eight airlines serve YVR, connecting people and
businesses to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport
Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2013, donated more
than $700,000 to community organizations. We are committed to creating
an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global
gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
SOURCE: Vancouver Airport Authority
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