Sichuan Airlines Arrives in Vancouver from Chengdu via Shenyang
RICHMOND, BC, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today
welcomed the first direct flight linking North America and China's
interior province of Sichuan. The inaugural flight of Sichuan Airlines'
service between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Chengdu, via
Shenyang, marks the start of the airline's thrice-weekly service.
The world's second largest economy, China is a key market for British
Columbia and Canada. Demand for air travel from China continues to grow
and last year, the number of airline seats available between Mainland
China and YVR increased by 30 per cent. As of the end of May, more than
half a million passengers travelled through YVR from the Asia Pacific
region in 2012.
"Sichuan's choice to land at YVR shows how B.C.'s airport is the gateway
of choice between North America and Asia," said Larry Berg, President
and CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority. "The new route will generate 60
direct jobs at the airport, 260 direct jobs in B.C's tourism industry
and contribute $16 million into B.C.'s economy annually. We are
delighted to welcome Sichuan Airlines to YVR."
"The new Chengdu - Shenyang - Vancouver service will enable Vancouver
International Airport to extend its reach into China's domestic
network," said Lan Xinguo, Chairman of Sichuan Airlines. "Furthermore,
it will accelerate deep and multi-scope cooperation between Canada and
China's western and northeast regions in agriculture, technology,
commerce, trade, tourism and education."
Sichuan province, served by Sichuan Airlines' domestic network, is home
to 100 million people - approximately three times the population of
Canada. An important economic connection for British Columbia, the
region is a hub for trade, tourism and commerce.
"The federal government welcomes this new passenger service of Sichuan
Airlines to Canada, and we applaud their interest in flying regularly
to Vancouver which will make travel more convenient for business and
tourism travellers," said The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of
International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "The
launch of this service is yet another testament to the deepening
Canada-China partnership - a growing relationship that is benefiting
people in both countries."
"Sichuan Airlines' flights will connect B.C. business travellers and air
cargo to lucrative new markets in China's western and northeast
regions," said The Honourable Blair Lekstrom, British Columbia's
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Stemming from Premier
Clark's recent mission to China and the continued hard work of YVR,
Sichuan's new link shows B.C. is attracting new air passenger and cargo
services. Expanding markets in Asia is a key part of the B.C. Jobs Plan
and our Pacific Gateway Strategy and is creating more jobs for B.C.
families and more opportunities for B.C. businesses."
Sichuan Airlines' service to and from YVR will use an Airbus 330
aircraft with capacity for 245 passengers. Flights operate on Tuesdays,
Fridays and Sundays, arriving at YVR at 8:20 AM and departing at 10:20
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 served approximately 17 million
passengers in 2011 and handled more than 258,000 aircraft landings and
take-offs on its runways. Sixty-three airlines serve YVR, connecting
people and businesses to more than 100 destinations in Canada, the U.S.
and around the world. 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.
Image with caption: "Representatives celebrate Sichuan Airlines' first flight from interior China to North America at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). From left to right: Mr. Zhou Xiding, Liaoning Deputy Director of National Development and Reform Commission; Tony Gugliotta, Sr. Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Vancouver Airport Authority; Madam Zhang Yuan, Chair, Shenyang Taoxian Airport; The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; Mr. Lan Xinguo, Chairman of Sichuan Airlines; The Honourable Blair Lekstrom, British Columbia's Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; The Honourable Liu Fei, Consul General with Ambassadorial Rank, The People's Republic of China in Vancouver; Mr. Li Haiying, President of Sichuan Airlines. (CNW Group/Vancouver Airport Authority)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120622_C3581_PHOTO_EN_15574.jpg
SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority
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