YVR Welcomes Canada's Only Flight to Guangzhou, China

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 continent.

"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

For further information:

Media Relations
Vancouver Airport Authority
604.880.9815 ; media_relations@yvr.ca
www.yvr.ca Twitter: @yvrairport

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