Flight 2010 Cleared for Landing at Vancouver International Airport



    YVR Named Official Airport for 2010 Winter Games

    RICHMOND, BC, March 13 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today welcomed Vancouver
Airport Authority as an Official Supplier of the 2010 Winter Games. This
partnership marks the first time in Olympic Games history that an airport has
been named an Official Supplier.
    As an Official Supplier, the Airport Authority has sponsorship rights in
the airport category for the 2010 Winter Games and is committed to providing
world-class operations and services prior to, during and after the Games. In
addition, the Airport Authority receives the sponsorship rights to the
Canadian Olympic team attending the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Games and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The sponsorship
commitment includes:

    
    -   dedicated airport amenities and services for VANOC and 2010 Winter
        Games activities
    -   accreditation processing and departure screening facilities
    -   expedited passenger arrivals and baggage services
    -   specialized training for airport staff
    -   parking and ground transportation services
    -   office space
    

    "As an Official Supplier, we will provide many athletes, officials, media
and visitors with the first and last impression of the Vancouver 2010 Winter
Games," said Larry Berg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver
Airport Authority. "Our goal is to provide a smooth, seamless and exceptional
travel experience to every passenger that visits our airport for the Games or
any other reason. We are enhancing our facilities, passenger services and
customer care program to ensure we meet this goal before, during and after the
2010 Winter Games."
    "YVR provides the perfect opportunity for us to welcome the world in
2010. Today, YVR has made history, becoming the first ever airport authority
sponsor of the Games and we're pleased to have the support of their operations
and customer service," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "For
visitors stepping off the plane, it will be like arriving in the middle of a
Games venue. YVR is one of the most beautiful and accessible airports in the
world, and it captures the spirit of Vancouver, BC and Canada."
    "Yesterday, we celebrated the two-year countdown to the Opening Ceremony
for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler. Athletes are
two years away from arriving in this airport with their specialized
equipment," said Todd Nicholson, captain of Canada's Paralympic Hockey team,
"YVR is a leader in its commitment to providing accessible facilities and
staff training. This can only enhance every Paralympic athlete's experience at
the Games."
    The Airport Authority's long-established working relationship with VANOC
also includes separate, but complementary agreements covering terminal
advertising opportunities and six dedicated Olympic Stores in the
International and Domestic Terminals featuring Vancouver 2010 Winter Games
merchandise.
    The sponsorship announcement was made at a community event held in YVR's
new Link building, which connects the Domestic and International Terminals,
provides additional check-in and baggage facilities, and will be the final
stop for Canada Line trains heading to the airport. In attendance at the
announcement were employees of Vancouver Airport Authority, local airport
business partners, VANOC representatives, elected officials and other Games
sponsors who marked the start of this partnership by signing a large-scale
commemorative banner that will be displayed in the terminal.

    About Vancouver Airport Authority

    The Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization
that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest
airport, YVR expects to welcome 17.9 million passengers in 2008. The Airport
Authority is undertaking a $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure the
airport meets the growing demand for air travel and continues to be developed
as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.
    VANOC's marketing program is focusing on securing mutually rewarding
partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host
successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport.
VANOC's International Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald's,
Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada,
HBC, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.
    VANOC's Official Supporters include Air Canada, the British Columbia
Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, and the Insurance Corporation of
British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint
and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC's Official Suppliers are 3M, Birks, Britco,
Dow Canada, EPCOR, Haworth Canada, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems
of Canada, Tickets.com, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor
Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

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For further information:

For further information: YVR Media Relations, (604) 880-9815,
media_relations@yvr.ca, www.yvr.ca; VANOC, Katie Green, (778) 328-6473,
katie_green@vancouver2010.com

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