VANCOUVER, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister
of State (Small Business and Tourism), British Columbia Premier Christy
Clark, and Vancouver Airport Authority president and CEO Larry Berg
today welcomed the inaugural China Southern Airlines flight between
Guangzhou, China, and Vancouver. The China Southern Airlines service
will run three times weekly between Vancouver and Guangzhou, the
capital of China's most populous province, Guangdong. This is Canada's
first and only non-stop flight to Guangzhou.
This new service further strengthens Canada's Asia-Pacific Gateway and
will afford Canadians living in British Columbia and nationally more
choices for international travel to China. The service, along with
Canada's Approved Destination Status from China, will contribute to the
national economy and create more opportunities for the Chinese to visit
"Our government received a strong mandate to strengthen our economy and
create jobs. This new service will provide economic growth and more
convenience to travellers and companies alike, from our two countries,"
Minister Bernier said. "Having Approved Destination Status allows us to
share our unique business and travel experiences with China."
"This announcement will benefit Canadians by providing greater choice
for travel between both countries and has the potential to have
significant economic impact for tourism in Canada, given the size of
the Guangzhou market," added Minister Bernier.
China Southern Airlines is the largest airline in Asia, and Guangzhou
Airport, located in Guangdong province on the Pearl River Delta, serves
more than 330 million people. Guangdong province's foreign trade
accounts for more than a quarter of China's total, and it enjoys the
country's highest provincial per capita gross domestic product. The new
service is not only a new airline for Vancouver International Airport,
but will also benefit tourism in Canada.
"The addition of China Southern's new service is another sign of the
importance of travel, tourism, trade and cultural connections between
B.C. and Asia," said Premier Christy Clark. "British Columbia is
Canada's Pacific Gateway and now global companies such as China
Southern are connecting to the world through B.C. The new air service
means more jobs for B.C. families not only at YVR but also through our
province as new business opportunities are created."
China Southern Airlines' service three times a week is estimated to
generate significant employment, producing $2.2 million in wages and
contributing $3.5 million to British Columbia's gross domestic product
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. As the closest major North American airport to
Asia, it has more frequencies to China than any other airport on the
"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.," said Mr. Berg. "Offering
expanded air service to China is a key objective for the Airport
Authority as we continue to develop YVR as a premier global gateway to
This announcement reflects the priorities of the partners in Canada's
Pacific Gateway that are aimed at making it the best transportation
network between North America and Asia. To date, the Government of
Canada has partnered with all four western provinces, as well as with
municipalities and the private sector, to announce strategic
infrastructure projects worth over $3.5 billion, including federal
contributions of over $1.4 billion.
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For further information:
| Scott French |
Office of the Honourable Maxime Bernier
Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism)
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Transport Canada, Ottawa
| Chris Olsen |
Office of the Premier, British Columbia
Vancouver Airport Authority 604-880-9815
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Industry Canada, Ottawa