China Southern Airlines Inaugurates Nonstop Service out of Vancouver
RICHMOND, BC, April 28 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority today
welcomed China Southern Airlines to Vancouver International Airport
(YVR), offering Canada's first and only nonstop flight to China's most
populous province, Guangdong. Beginning June 15, 2011, China Southern
will begin its YVR service, offering three flights weekly to and from
the province's capital city of Guangzhou.
The service to Guangzhou represents not only a new destination, but a
new airline for YVR. This means more options for passengers, and
greater opportunities for business and for tourism, particularly given
Canada's recent Approved Destination Status from China. The service
also supports British Columbia's Pacific Gateway strategy which targets
a 75 per cent increase in the number of passengers travelling through
YVR and a doubling of air cargo by 2020.
"With China as British Columbia's second-largest trading partner,
continuing to provide expanded air service to the country has been a
key objective for Vancouver Airport Authority as we work to build YVR
as a premier global gateway to the Asia-Pacific region," said Larry
Berg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Vancouver Airport
Authority. "I commend China Southern on its choice to expand its
international network to Canada, and to capitalize on the trade and
travel opportunities available here in B.C."
China Southern's thrice-weekly service is estimated to generate 44
person-years of employment, $2.2 million in wages, and contribute $3.5
million to British Columbia's gross domestic product (GDP) annually.
With more than 23,600 people working on Sea Island, Vancouver
International Airport is one of British Columbia's key economic and
employment generators. And as the closest major North American airport
to Asia, it has more frequencies to China than any other airport on the
"This new route is great news for Canada's Pacific Gateway and another
clear indication that YVR is a world-class gateway for passengers and
airfreight," said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair
Lekstrom. "Government and industry partners have committed $22 billion
to expand and enhance airport, port, road and rail infrastructure in
the Pacific Gateway to meet those growing demands."
British Columbia's population has strong linkages to Guangdong as many
new Canadians have roots in the Chinese province. Guangdong contributes
approximately 12 per cent of China's national economic output and is
home to the production facilities and offices of a wide range of
multinational and Chinese corporations. Currently, passengers
travelling between Canada and Guangdong must route through Shanghai,
Beijing or Hong Kong.
China Southern Airlines' YVR service will use Boeing 777-200 aircraft,
with capacity for 282 passengers. Flights will operate three times per
week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, arriving at YVR at 10:20 AM and
departing nonstop to Guangzhou at 12 noon.
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, Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
served 16.8 million passengers in 2010 and handled more than 293,000
aircraft landings and take-offs. Sixty-seven airlines serve YVR,
connecting people and businesses to 119 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.
SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority
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