YVR Welcomes National Airlines to Vancouver

Airline provides additional options for travelers headed to Orlando

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Vancouver Airport Authority announced the upcoming arrival of National Airlines to Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Starting January 20, 2016, the twice weekly scheduled service will operate between Orlando-Sanford International Airport (SFB) and YVR.

"We are delighted to welcome a new carrier to YVR which will boost tourism and provide greater selection for travelers when headed to sunny Florida," said Craig Richmond, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "This new service increases YVR's overall capacity to Orlando and provides a direct link to the city's second airport." 

The new service will create 45 new jobs, $1 million in new taxes and $3.2 million in Gross Domestic Product for British Columbia. With more than 24,000 people working on Sea Island, YVR continues to be a key jobs creator for the province and a significant economic driver.

"Vancouver is one of Canada's premier cities with a diverse international population base. We are honored to be providing the Vancouver community with timely, direct service to Orlando that will facilitate additional opportunities for those residents to experience all South Florida has to offer," said Ed Davidson, National Airlines President and COO.

National Airlines will operate a Boeing 757-200 aircraft on the route. Flights will depart SFB on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 18:45 and arrive in YVR at 22:15. The aircraft will turn around and leave YVR at 23:55 and arrive in SFB at 08:30 the following morning.

The airline, headquartered in Orlando, Florida has a strong international cargo operation. Sanford International Airport is located midway between Orlando's world class attractions and Daytona Beach; both at 50 minutes or less. For more information, visit www.nationalairlines.com.

About Vancouver Airport Authority

Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served more than 19 million passengers in 2014. Fifty-four airlines serve YVR, connecting people and businesses to more than 111 non-stop destinations worldwide. YVR was voted Best Airport in North America for the sixth consecutive year, and Best Airport in the World for its size category of 10-20 million passengers, in the 2015 Skytrax World Airport Awards. Vancouver Airport Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2014 donated more than $900,000 to local organizations. We are committed to creating an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global gateway, local economic generator and community contributor. For more information, please visit www.yvr.ca.

SOURCE Vancouver Airport Authority

For further information: YVR Media Relations: 604-880-9815; media_relations@yvr.ca; Twitter: @yvrairport

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